God's Sword of Truth - The Word

E-Mail Letters & Comments

By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess



TO ALL WHO HAVE WRITTEN OR READ THIS WEB SITE:

 

AS OF 9-01-2006, WE HAVE DECIDED, AFTER MUCH PRAYER, TO DISCONTINUE ANSWERING E-MAIL QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

AS OF NOW, ALL OF THE SITE WILL REMAIN IN TACT AS IS.  WE WILL LEAVE THE E-MAIL AND COMMENTS PAGE ALONG WITH THE QUESTION AND ANSWER PAGE UP ON THE SITE FOR YOUR  VIEWING, HOWEVER, WE WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATING THESE PAGES.   WE SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR THE MANY WONDERFUL E-MAILS WHICH HAVE BLESSED BOTH OF US IMMENSELY.

 

MANY BLESSINGS IN JESUS CHRIST,

RAYMOND AND NORMA

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JUNE - AUGUST 2006

 

SUBJECT:    hello

FROM:   Mike

 

i  am  ready  for   jesus  christ  his  ruture  and  and    so  write  back  soon

 


Hello Mike:

 

I thank the Lord you are ready for Jesus Christ and the rapture!  It's always wonderful news to hear from a brother in Christ.  If you have any questions, please write back.  Stay in the Word for strength.  My web page is:  http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

 

Thank you for taking the time to write me!  Many blessings brother.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    Excellent page

FROM:   viper259...

 

Dear brother or sister,

 

i have read your page, and i fully agree with you 100% on tithing. http://godsswordoftruth.com/tithes.htm  if you also look at deuteronomy, chap 19 -- it says to make an animal scarfacie to the lord during passover -- that was obviously old mosaic law and has also changed -- so it is furthe proof that jeus changed tithing. i dislike the idea of giving money to begin with to anyone, because it can be pocketed or used for bad purposes -- i prefer to give labor, effort and even material goods -- such as food and clothing to the poor. dont get me wrong -- people who give 10% to the church are not doing anything bad. giving 10% to the church is 1 form of giving, but like you said -- i do not believe that 10% to the church is required -- it is a good way of giving and it demonstrates faith. Jesus said we need action with faith, and that is a nice way of showing action. but it is not the only way. i have had many people tell me that tithing is required -- but your article says it best -- that wsa old mosaic law, which jesus changed. that is why we do not have eye for an eye anymore -- he changed that and said turn the other cheek. and if it ws so important -- the new testament wouldve mentioned it. not one apostle, disciple, or een jesus himself said its required. he said to the paharisees -- it should not be overlooked --ok fine, it is nice that they are doing it because its a form of giving, but its not a required method of giving. the whole new testament does not require it. feel free to email me any more thoughts you have on this. thank you for that wisdom.

 

Hello:

 

Thank you for writing!  I have always believed and taught that if you see a need and can afford it, do it, remembering that Christ is first,  your family next and then whatever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart for the poor.   Recalling that Jesus paid tribute to Mary who had done a good work by anointing Him for His burial and His disciples became indignant believing that it was a waste because the ointment could have been sold for much money and given to the poor.  But, as Jesus said: “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” (Matthew 26:11).  If I see someone who is hungry, I take him to a restaurant and feed him or buy food for a family who has nothing.

 

Paul pointed out in the New Testament that only false apostles and deceitful workers would take a collection of tithes or offerings for preaching the Gospel due to their selfish financial ambitions, as well as their egotistical need to be thought of as one of “the apostles of Christ”. (2 Cor. 11:12-15

 

You are correct!  Giving of 10% is not a required method of giving and the New Testament does not require it.  No one can buy their way to heaven.   Again, thank you for writing!  Lord’s blessings upon you!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    Catholics

FROM:   Dexter

 

You sure know how to bad mouth the Catholics on their abuse of Christian doctrines. Did it ever occur to you that these same Catholics are the ones that created the religion of Christianity, The divinity of Jesus, the bible and the holy trinity and all with force and brutality? They established the books of the new testament while throwing out manuscripts of similar stature and killing their believers. Yet you believe all the stories of Jesus they created . I believe you should disregard all portions of your bible if you are going to pick on the Catholics. All the predictions made by Jesus have been proven to be false and that in itself should make the writers liars or Jesus not God because the prophecies were False , thus he was a false prophet. The end days did not come as he predicted all thru Matthew, Mark and Luke. Therefore a false prophet could not possibly be a God or son of God. If you tear up the originators of the religion you should destroy the religion itself as it is corrupted in the same manner.         Dexter

 

Hello Dexter:

 

First of all, the Catholics did not create Christianity.  They created their own religion and added their own doctrines and called it “Christianity”.  The foundation for every believer in Christ (NOT the Catholic religion or ANY other religion) is Jesus Christ in His divine nature as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; I Cor. 3:11).  The word “Christianity”, which today is used very loosely in every religion of man, is not found in the Bible, and the Word “Christian” is found only 2 times, beginning in Acts, King James Authorized Version.

Acts 26:28

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

1Pet 4:16

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

 

The Catholic religion did not create the divinity of Jesus Christ, nor did they establish the books of the New Testament.  They teach and believe that the catholic religion established the New Testament, but it is a lie of Satan.  They do NOT even believe in every word in the Bible, and that is a proven fact, read it for yourself in The Times, October 05, 2005 – “Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible” by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent: “THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document ‘The Gift of Scripture’ instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true”. 

 

Dexter, I do not believe a thing the RCC religion teaches, but, as a Bible believer I DO believe and am committed to the absolute Word of God (which was NOT written by the catholic religion, regardless of what you believe) and I will never disregard His truth written in the Word.   No one has the right to add to or subtract from the bible one word, and that is what the RCC has done, added to and subtracted from.  To me, it is thrilling to know that the word of God was not and is not a human book.  The Holy Spirit gave every word, and it was given by the inspiration of God – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16).  “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21).”  “O Fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” – Luke 24:25.

All prophecies about Jesus have been fulfilled.  Even the most skeptical person (that is truthful) would have to agree that there is indeed a God and the Bible has to be His Word.  The Bible contains more than just words, but is the very testable, and verifiable proof of fulfilled prophecy. Only Almighty God could have presented so MANY prophecies, and made sure they ALL came true.

 

Dexter, if you have the courage, you are about to face the truth about yourself, your future, and all that you believe, or deny as you have in your e-mail.  I’m speaking of all the predictions made by Jesus that are yet to come and you will be alive to have to see and face, i.e., like the wrath of our Creator Jesus Christ, that is, unless you accept that someone perfect and sinless took your place and paid for all your sins, and that only person who could atone for your sins was Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

Eternal life comes only from Jesus Himself. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

 

Dexter, you will be judged by the book that is forever settled in Heaven.  At the judgment, if you present your earthly argument as you have just tried with me you will be found guilty.  The rest will be tears and sorrow forever.

 

May you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    Thank you so much

FROM:   Losf9 / Walker

 

i will love to learn more off  your teaching.

pleas if you can sent me some books or some information on anything i will realy appreaciat it.my address is 9002 sussex ave east orange nj 07018

 

my name is

walker f.

 

pleas pray for me.

thank god for you.

 

i wich to learn more so that one day i may teach my family and my friends

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:
 

Hello again Walker:

 

Thank you for writing again.  Please feel free to read all of my web site, it’s free at:

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html.  I do not write books, I have only the web site to offer you so that you might know what the Holy Spirit has taught me.

 

More importantly, read the King James New Testament which is also free on the internet.  If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should: Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

 

Begin reading the scripture at Matthew and once you complete the Gospels you will have a better understanding of what Jesus did for you and I.  He died for all men!  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)

 

My prayers are for your strength that you will continue seeking the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In that strength through Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit may you walk daily in His light and profess His Name as Saviour to all you know. 

 

If you have any questions about the Bible or my web site, please feel free to ask away, I’m here for you.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    (no subject)

FROM:   Betty & Bob C.

 

Before you read scripture and base your false accusations on my Church get your fact straight.  You are no doubt a in denial and have nothing else to do but condemn my teachings.  If you need help in understanding my faith, please contact me...you are an idiot.

 

Hello Betty or Bob C:

Thank you for writing, but, your remarks are uncalled for and your mouth runs off in the wrong direction. 

 

If the “church” is “YOURS”, then it’s false.  If “your teachings” are “YOURS” they are also false and I condemn them.  You do not even say what “YOUR church” is or what “YOUR teachings” are.  I have no need to understand “YOUR FAITH”, “YOUR CHURCH” or “YOUR TEACHINGS”, they are false.  Any person who has faith allows Jesus Christ by His Spirit to rule his or her life 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Therefore, if you had faith, I would have seen your faith.

 

If you do not follow Christ’s teachings and are not a member of His "body" you do not know Him as your personal Saviour and if you teach something other than HIM, you are a false teacher and certainly not a “born again” believer in Jesus Christ.  If you were, you would not have been so insulting with your unkind remarks.

 

I need no help in understanding “your faith”, you have NONE!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

BETTY'S RESPONSE:  

 

You are welcome.  But it must have been your site that was running off in the wrong direction about my Church.

 

Oh,come on you were condemning the Catholic Church.  I get very upset when I read something about the misunderstanding of uneducated people about the Catholic Church and you must be one of them.

 

If I didn't have faith I would not have remarked about your vicious site about the teachings of the  Catholic Church.  You have seen my faith because I called on you about the remarks you made about Catholic Teachings.

 

I do follow Christ's teachings.  I am a Catholic and I am a member of His Holy Body  - the Church.  Sorry I am born again when I was Baptized in the Catholic Church.  If I was insulting and had unkind remarks it was because you had made insulting and unkind remarks about the Catholic Church.

 

Yes, I think you need help in understanding my faith.  Because I believe Christ wants you to understand that putting His Church down like you did was uncalled and not very nice.  I try and respect everyone's belief.  But if a person knocks it down like you did I have to  correct the wrong doing.

 

Betty

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello again Betty:

 

No, I don’t run off in the wrong direction about YOUR church.  The Catholic religion I know well.  I was a Holy Cross Brother of Notre Dame and my sister was a nun until the lesbians went after her.  I could tell you all about it, but it’s as bad as the lies of your popes.  So, what I know about the Catholic religion is not from being uneducated but being well educated on the subject by living it for nearly 40 years. 

 

If you had faith in Jesus Christ you would study to show yourself approved, but you’d rather follow a man, the pope, and his teachings, than Christ’s teachings in His Word. 

 

Being baptized does not make you “born again” into Christ.  You were baptized into a false religion, as you said you were baptized in the catholic church.  If you knew Jesus, you would know that being baptized doesn’t save you – it’s accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour who died for ALL men, repenting of sin and living Him.  The ONE TRUE CHURCH is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, made up of converted men and women who are born again of the Spirit, having repented of their sin and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.  They are all led by ONE Spirit, building upon ONE foundation (Jesus Christ the Word), studying to show themselves approved by studying the Word, the bible.  There is only ONE HEAD, ONE SHEPHERD, AND THAT IS JESUS CHRIST, not a pope.  The “church” is one whose existence does not depend on ceremonies, cathedrals, chapels, pulpits, baptismal fonts, vestments of gold and purple, catechisms or sacraments.

 

Like you and every other Catholic, you misdefine the word “church”.  Jesus and His apostles defined “the church” as consisting of “all believers” (Ephesians 5:23-32), but never as a worldwide denomination, much less one centered in Rome and led by some pope.

 

I understand the kind of faith you have, the kind I used to have, a false faith by believing in a false religion.  I know because I was there.  Just as the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the false teachers, so do I, as the Holy Spirit has taught me to know that Christ’s church is NOT the catholic church but a false religion.  By the Bible, I know you do not know the Word!  Jesus Christ is the Word!  You do not know Christ’s teachings at all. 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    Thank you so much

FROM:   Losf9

 

Iam a young 19 year old boy, I love what you wrote and I beleave you thank you and may the all mighty God bless you and your family.    

 

Dear Young Man:

 

Thank you for your kind words.  Always remember, trust ONLY what the Word says, for the Word speaks truth.  It is through the Word (Jesus Christ) by His Spirit that we are able to know what His truth is, and it is all in the King James Bible.  Stay in and study the New Testament where men are able to find the truth that leads to salvation.  Thank you again for writing!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    The Truth

FROM:   Stay Alert     

 

You are on the right track. There is a church we must attend. The church of Christ. Read this free book I wrote and if you have any question fell free to email me.

 

 

To Stay Alert:

 

I'm on the Lord's truth track by the Holy Spirit and His track goes to heaven.  I do not open up any one's attached files - if you had read my web page, you would know not to send me an attached file.  Sorry, but I won't be reading your attached file on your book.

 

Also, there is NO church that man must attend.  There is no church of Christ other than the "body of Christ" believers which is His church, and it is not something to be attended and you can only join if you are a member of His body by being born again and believing on Jesus Christ.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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MAY 2006

 

SUBJECT:    Sola Scriptura

FROM:        Tony S.

 

Dear Raymond,

   I would like to discuss with you the idea of Sola Scriptura. From my understanding of what you wrote you state that the Scriptures alone are the sole rule of faith and that this notion can be backed up by the Scriptures. I, on the contrary, believe(based on the Scriptures and history) that one should not only be guided by the Scriptures but also by Sacred Tradition and the teaching authority of the Church. There is ample evidence from the Scriptures and history to reject the concept of Sripture Alone.

  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Tony

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:  

 

Hello again Tony:

 

Did we not go over all this before? 

 

Tony, the WORD is Jesus Christ from the beginning.  He is LIFE and SALVATION.  There is only His way and no other way.  The inspired Scriptures, the highest authority and ONLY infallible teacher for Christian doctrine, which, in other words, rejects the unbiblical “Sacred Traditions” of men (or pope) as an infallible teacher and also rejects any other sources of information (i.e., man’s history) needed to understand or believe the teachings of Christ.  You see Tony, history and your churches “Sacred Traditions” (which is man made) do not all lead to the same destination, and there’s only one destination for truth, the Word.  For Catholics, history and tradition is a source of revelation, which, in truth it is not, but is merely man’s ideas, yet the Catholic church published them and quotes them as gospel truth when neither are.

 

That "wicked one" is Satan, the "Father of Lies"; and the scripture links the traditions of men to Satan's removing light and truth through disobedience.

 

Jesus told the Pharisees in a discussion over the traditions of men stated (Mark 7:9): "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."  "...Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32).

 

The Bible teaches that the words of Jesus Christ and the written teachings of the apostles will be shown us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 16:13), and these are ONLY in scripture.  Tony, we are told in 2 Tim. 3:16-17, that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."  All scripture is said to be from God.

 

Therefore, any man obeying or teaching traditions and commandments of men as doctrine (i.e., “Sacred Traditions” and history) will only confuse and hinder one in believing the real truth from the Word of God.  Also, those who teach these “Traditions” use them as a means of control through “works” and a false way which is NOT of Jesus Christ.  Again, the Word is truth.    

 

And, it is well known that the sufficiency of Scripture is and always has been the target of every false teacher.  Yet, all these things which are necessary for God’s own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is expressly set down and necessarily contained in the Word of God, the scripture. 

Jesus said:  "He that is of God heareth God's word." John 8:47. "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48.   So, Tony, I ask you, why trifle with the Word, Jesus Christ, by setting it aside or adding to it the “Sacred Traditions”, teaching authority of the catholic church and history of men?  "If ye know these things, happy are ye, if ye do them." John 13:17. Here again it is not mere knowledge, but the obedient heart of man, which receives the Word, the blessing of God.

Tony, my faith is SET on JESUS CHRIST, THE WORD ONLY, through His grace.  No man will change that.  It is the Holy Spirit who guides me in all things of the Word.  Believe me, it’s real.  Yes, I’m a fanatic on this and strong in Jesus Christ forever!  He is the Word!  Believe it!  It’s truth!

In Jesus Christ, 

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    Catholicism

FROM:        Tony S.

 

Dear Raymond,

   I wrote to you several months ago discussing the beliefs of Catholics. I would like to continue the discussion. I have lost your web site so if you can provide it I will look at the tracts that you wrote and show where you are mistaken in your views concerning the Church.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Tony 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

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SUBJECT:    Jesus was a mortal man

FROM:    Glenn C.

 

Catholacism has played a major role in my life.  it's called baptism!  I do not believe that jesus christ was the son of god; a roman lie.  A great man nontheless, but not what the founding catholics wanted us to believe. He was a husband and a father. He and his wife were of royal blood, his wife being the "holy grail" or a continuation of the female persona (godess).

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Glenn:

 

You spout lies and untruths, fabrications and alterations about the Word, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Could the heresies of 'The Da Vinci Code', along with ‘Bloodline of the Holy Grail’, been implanted in your head?  No doubt!  The Grail bloodline theory presented by the authors of these books is nothing more than fiction, along with your heresy.

 

Glenn, you need salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5).  The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). 

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

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:   you hae at least one incorrect quote that I noticed.

FROM:       Walter B.

 

On your URL: http://godsswordoftruth.com/jesustofather.htm

You quote:

MATTHEW 10:40 - "But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

That is incorrect:

It should be:

MATTHEW 10:40 - "He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."

The reference you quoted was to:

MATTHEW 20:23 - "And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father."

Sincerely,

Walter B.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Walter:

 

Thanks so much for catching the error - I'll have my daughter change it ASAP - she's the one that makes changes for me on our web page - thanks again for writing! 

 

In Jesus Christ
Raymond Laginess


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SUBJECT:    PS.133

FROM:        Wendell

 

Ps 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

Eph 4

Unity of the Spirit

Unity of the faith

The bond of peace

  1. One body
  2. One Spirit
  3. One hope
  4. One Lord
  5. One faith
  6. One baptism
  7. One God and Father of all,

 

Who is above all

And through all

And in you all

Eph 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 17 ¶ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish  Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Ac 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Ro 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another  Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Ro 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Brethern


April 20,2006

Read Copy and Pass on.

KJV

wz

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

Hello again Wendell:

 

Thank you for the Scripture - it truly speaks truth on Unity and One.  I will be sure to put this up on the web page.  Again, thank you for writing!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond



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SUBJECT:   None

FROM:      Matt

 

I respect your thoughts, however, I am very pround to be Catholic and I know that I will be with Jesus after this life. I believe you will too. I dont think you know all of what you speak of.

God bless

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Matt:

 

You cannot get to heaven as a Catholic – I know this for sure, as I once was Catholic, a Holy Cross Brother of Notre Dame, but found the truth in the Bible, therefore coming out of Catholicism.  What would make you believe that being a Catholic would get you to heaven with Jesus?  It doesn’t say that in the bible anywhere. 

 

Let’s take a look at the difference between your religion and the Bible and what each one has to say about getting to heaven and then you have to make a choice as to what is truth, your religion or the Word of God.

 

Catholicism teaches according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition what is needed to get to heaven, in other words, salvation:

 

780 The Church in this world is the sacrament of salvation, the sign and the instrument of the communion of God and men.

1129 The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.51 "Sacramental grace" is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature52 by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.

1131 The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

1212 The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. "The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity."3

1265 Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte "a new creature," an adopted son of God, who has become a "partaker of the divine nature,"69 member of Christ and co-heir with him,70 and a temple of the Holy Spirit.71

The Bible teaches us as the Word of God, and tells us what is needed to get to heaven (our salvation), it says:

Romans 10:9  If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, THOU SHALT 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 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Romans 3:10 - "There is none righteous, no, not one."


Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

 

I John 1:7the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

So, Matthew, after all of this, if Jesus died for us, and paid the price in full for our sins, you and I will go to heaven - right??? No - that is wrong!!! 

The ONLY WAY for us or anyone else to get to heaven is by accepting God’s gift of eternal life by FAITH, which is transferring our trust to Jesus Christ ALONE for our salvation and believing that ONLY He can get us to heaven and not ourselves, that is, we have to BELIEVE that Jesus died for us, TRUST in HIM to get us to Heaven, REPENT to God and be truly sorry for our sins, make Jesus Christ the Lord of our life – allowing Him to guide us in all things by His Spirit and FOLLOW HIS plans for our life which is written in HIS WORD.  My friend, salvation is very simple is you follow His plan and not man’s.

In Jesus Christ,  Raymond

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SUBJECT:     Keep up the good work...

FROM:        Vic and Jane Shepherd

 

Brother Ray:

 

Hi we are missionaries Vic & Jane in the third world presently serving in Mexico, and in the Philippines as God opens the doors to us. We have had fellowship with Assemblies of God for many years, and we have seen in the last ten years the most destructive twist take place to a once growing outreach and evangelism.

 

You see ten years ago and of course further back women as pastors was never acceptable, now it seems that in order to show growth the Assemblies have used the idea of ordaining every pastors wife to be a pastora (woman pastor) giving no regard as to God's calling, knowing He would never call a woman to defy scripture and contradict His word.

 

The epidemic that has transpired in the third world has cause a chain reaction causing thousands of women to start calling themselves pastoras. As we know women are very completive and we have seen these self acclaimed women go berserk making new doctrines daily in order to draw more supporters to them, even to the point of giving divorces and remarriages to who ever can become more supportive to their churches.

 

In the small town in which we live we have seen as much as eight out of eight protestant churches fall to being led by women pastors. We are called to oppose these heresies and you can only imagine the persecutions we suffer. We know our faith is constantly being tested as we oppose the entire denominations that promote such false teachings. We are sure you know how we feel as we are certain you find disfavor in proclaiming the truth before what gains popularity.

 

We only as that you keep us in prayers as we soon will be going back over to the Philippines this fall, and we have already heard that the pastora plagues is affecting the former friends we had when we left the Phills six years ago. The ministers seem to not even respect out stand on truth and as we would say, if they would have stated in their 16 articles of faith beliefs that ordainment of women to be pastors was one of them, we of course would have refused their invitations.

 

It is a cheap trick to change to elaborating to these false doctrines of ordaining women as church leadership positions, to the people who never believed they would do such a thing. And if we object they act as if we were the ones who have changed against them. Still we make awareness pamphlets and we promote that if a woman gets up to preach to the congregation to get up and leave! Eph:5:6: Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph:5:7: Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

 

We are also webmasters and we have several pages getting ready to go up, but first we are gathering videos and recording evidence to put together as a documentary of these last day events. As the Apostasy is at hand and the angel of light is doing double time making women to know they are being called of god, not knowing that God don’t approve!

 

http://www.christiancatalog.org/ASSEMBLIES.html still in the construction state… Blessings

 

Vic & Jane Shepherd...

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 
Hello Vic and Jane:

Thank you for writing.

I am in agreement with you regarding women as pastors.  From a biblical standpoint, there is no tolerance in Scripture for women leaders in the church, apart from women leading other women--older women teaching younger women and they in turn teaching their own children.  I see no warrant whatsoever for women to be ordained as pastors, priests, ministers, rabbis, etc., in any denomination. 

Perhaps the Lord by His Spirit is trying to show you something, that it’s time you come away from the Assemblies of God – as you probably have read in my articles that I am against denominationalism, and to me, there is nothing but moral and spiritual wreckage in today’s religion which dishonors my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Obey the Word of the Lord by His Spirit and nothing else, and test everything by His Word. 

In Jesus Christ,  Raymond


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SUBJECT:     NONE
FROM::        Keith

 

Wow, you're really an idiot.

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

Keith:

Who are you?  Get a life in Jesus Christ!  Certainly a true Christian wouldn't waste his employers time or money, would he, especially if one searches the Internet on company time?

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond

 

KEITH'S RESPONSE TO RAYMOND:

 

LOL!

 

I am not on "company" time. So you sound even more foolish, and don't know what you are talking about. I have a life in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I also belong to His Church. You don't. I just found your comments so idiotic I couldn't resist. Sorry if I pushed your buttons. But John the Baptist called those who are  against Christ "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come."

 

All kidding aside, you cannot be a believer and condemn God's Church.

 

Have a nice day,

 

Keith

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Keith:

 

You have got to be a Catholic, am a right or wrong this time?  The Catholic church is NOT God’s church!  And, if you are a catholic, you don’t know Jesus Christ of the bible.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

KEITH'S RESPONSE TO RAYMOND:

 

I am a Catholic and proud of it. And if you are not a member of that Church then you are not a Christian. It is God's Church and all your ranting and whining does not change that. I know the Bible well, and I know Jesus Christ (Second Person of the Trinity, who rose from the dead) well. The Bible says that you will know them by their fruits. You have none from what I can see thus far.

 

The Jesus Christ of the Bible is God, rose from the dead, is coming again to judge the living and the dead, was born of a virgin, is God, along with the Holy Spirit. The Bible is inerrant, Jesus was sinless and died for the sins of the world.

 

For your information, my salvation depends completely on Christ's death on the cross and his atonement for sins and my direct belief that He is God  come in the flesh, my personal repentence of sins and conversion to follow Christ as my Lord and Savior.

 

What part of the charteristics of Christ that I have outlined are not biblical? Please give me specifics. Do you not believe that Christ is God? Do you not believe that the Holy Spirit is God? Do you not hold to the Trinity. Please advise.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Keith:

 

To begin with, and most importantly, when someone says “if you are not a member of the Catholic church then you are not a Christian” is one of the biggest lies a man can tell or religion can teach.  That, Keith, is a big lie taught to you by the catholic church and NO where does the Word of God, the bible, spout such lies.  The Word, Jesus Christ said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) and "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13) and "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:10-13) 

The catholic church is NOT God’s church – so how could you possibly say that you know the bible well and that you know Jesus Christ well, if the Catholic church is never mentioned in the bible.   Keith, you say you know the Bible well, so is what you know on the basis of your private study of Scripture?  Because if it is, it’s no small claim for people who think biblical interpretation is to be done only by the catholic church.  Therefore, you know only the lies taught you by your catholic religion.  I know, I was there studying to be a brother at Notre Dame, but now I’m free of the lies and know the truth.  If your salvation depended completely on Christ you would leave the catholic church and your fruit would be biblical fruit, not catholic fruit.  You should be honest, because you are depending on your church to save you through your works because you need the sacraments which were instituted by man, not Christ, to get you to heaven, that is, after you suffer in purgatory.   A catholic cannot believe in Christ alone but is required by the doctrines of his own church to believe in Christ PLUS baptism and the sacraments and other helps traditions given by the catholic church.

 

A roman catholic can only be Christian if he/she walks AWAY from their religion, TRUSTS in Jesus Christ ALONE for the forgiveness of their sins, then they are no longer catholic, but “born again” into the “body of Christ” which is accomplished by FAITH AND TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE.  HOWEVER, if you believe that you are saved by God’s grace AND YOUR WORKS (meaning obeying the church rather than the Word), then you are not saved – even if you believe your works are done by God’s grace through the catholic chuch – since you then deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice.  And, I’m NOT speaking of the daily sacrifice of the mass, I’m talking about Christ’s sacrifice on the tree.

 

Keith, if as many Roman catholic’s say that they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, as you said you do, then they and you would find yourselves in great conflict with the doctrines and practices of your church.  It is logically IMPOSSIBLE for a Roman catholic to truly believe the gospel that saves and at the same time to believe the tenets of Catholicism.

 

Keith, every person has a choice: you can either believe what the Bible says and place your faith in Jesus Christ and HIM ONLY to save you, or you can trust what the Roman Catholic Church teaches and try to keep THEIR requirements to get to heaven.  Which is it?  You cannot trust both Christ and your own actions or works according to the Roman catholic catechism or tradition.  No man or woman can make it to heaven by following a guidebook written by men along with their traditions.

 

I will ask you one more question Keith.  If you were to die today, do you know for sure, without a doubt, that you would go straight to heaven?  Of course no man knows the hour or day of his death, but IF you died today, WHERE would you go?  Remembering the Scripture “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14).  Where would you go if you died today?

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, the tri-unity of the God-head – please read my statement of faith: http://godsswordoftruth.com/faithsta.htm  at http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html - then you will know what I believe.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


 KEITH'S RESPONSE TO RAYMOND:

 

Wow, Raymond that is a mouth full and filled with so many inconsistancies I hardly know where to start. I am going to address all of your comments and whether you read them or not is up to you. First off you make the comment that the bible no where  "spouts such lies" about being a member of the Catholic church. On the contrary the bible says not to forsake the fellowship, Mathew 16 clearly points out that Christ established His Church and that in order to be a believer you have to be a member, plain and simple. Since there are currently 33000 different denominations to choose from all saying that they are right which one is the right one? How would I know what you are telling me is not a lie? By reading the bible? That is why there are 33000 differing denominations with 500 new ones every week. Christ said that he had a Church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. That is the Catholic Church. The Early Church Fathers understood that and there was no other Church for 1500 years with the exception of the Eastern Orthodox Church that split in 1054.  

 

Mathew 16: 18-19 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the CHURCH  daily such as should be saved.

 

1st Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all CHURCHES.

 

1st Corinthians 11:18  For first of all, when ye come together in the CHURCH I hear  that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

 

Raymond you stated that the Catholic Church is not even mentioned in the bible. You're right it isn't. But neither is the doctrine of the Holy  Trinity. In fact the word Trinity appears no where in the bible. So that tells us that the bible is not sufficient in all matters of theology or doctrine, nor does it claim to be. 2nd Timothy 3:16 says  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Profitable is not the same as sufficient. So the fact that the word catholic is not used in the bible does not matter because neither is the word Trinity or Triune as you put it. You are claiming something for the bible that it does not claim for itself.

 

You state that we are saved by faith alone. Unfortunately Raymond the bible does not teach that anywhere. However in fact the bible does address the idea of "faith alone" in James 2:24  You see that a person is justified by what he does and NOT by faith alone. The bible is clear to point out that we are not saved by faith alone, but by grace. God's grace.

 

The Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by works. If you were really going to be a "brother" then you would know that. The Catholic Church believes that justification is progressive and that faith without works is dead. I simply go by what bible says.

Phillipians 2:12 Tells us to WORK out our salvation with fear and trembling; Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to WORK out your salvation with fear and trembling,

 

As far as my fruit goes, it is "biblical fruit" and the only biblical fruit is Catholic fruit. They are one in the same. You cannot know Jesus completely by being seperated from His Church. My salvation depends solely on the death of Jesus Christ and the Church that he instituted. My grace comes to me by the sacraments because Jesus commanded us to participate in the sacraments,

 

John 6: 49-56 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.  All early Church Fathers and even Martin Luther and most scholars today both Protestant and Catholic state that John 6 refers to the communion table.  Even the Early Church Fathers saw the need for the sacraments and even though they are not infallible or inspired in the sense that the bible is if given the choice I would take their words over yours.

 

"Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]). Ignatius of Antioch.

 

You state that you only go by the bible right? What do you think that the early Christians did for the first 500 years? They did not have New Testaments. Even if there were New Testaments around which there wasn't most people then could not even read or afford to buy one since they were all hand copied and the first full New Testament was not around until almost 400 A.D. . The early Christians were taught by Tradition or by word as Saint Paul puts it,

 

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2md Thessalonians 2:15

 

"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us". 2nd Thessalonians 3:6.

 

So the apostles were spreading God's word by tradition and by word of mouth. Christ did not give us his bible but he gave us his Church. The Catholic Church. Not the 33000 differing denominations that we have today.

 

The only works that I can do are the ones that God has instilled in me by His grace. The bible commands us to be obedient to God. Even faith is an act of the will. So in that sense faith is a "work." Christ died for my sins but in order to be saved I have to abide in Christ. 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. John 15:4

 

You see Raymond you want to believe what you want to believe, you are the one with the private interpretation, except when it suits your purposes as is the case with the Trinity. You want to believe that the Church teaches salvation by works? No the Church teaches salvation by grace. Works play a part in the believer's life once he is converted not before. We are not justified by "faith alone" As I pointed out before James 2:24 contradicts that by saying that one is justified by works and not by "faith alone."

 

Notice when the rich young man approached Jesus and asked " What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said, "accept me as your personal Savior say the sinners prayer and believe that you will get all of your instruction by the New Testament."

 

No the passage goes as follows, A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother. "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Luke 18:18-22. We are expected to be obedient. Justification is progressive as the bible cleary teaches, 1st Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Your question to me is do I know if  I died today would I go to Heaven and do I know that for sure? Yes I do know. I have no mortal sin on my soul and yes I would go to Heaven once I passed through purgatory 1st Corithians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 
I am confident that I would go to Heaven yes. 

My question to you is since you are actively working against God's Church and have left it do you think you would go to Heaven? Also my question is this, Do you think that you can rail on God's Church the way you do with no consequences at all? No what you believe is a lie. You believe falsehood and not the truth. You may have some partial truth with regards to the Trinity and some of the essential doctrines but God is going to judge us on what we know. 

You say that you were going to be a "brother" even though I am not sure that I believe you I will assume that you are not making that up. I will give you the benifit of the doubt but I am skeptical. You are just another person who is in schism who adds to division of the body of Christ. Along with 33000 different ones. If you know that what you believe is not true then yes you have to repent or you are endangering your own soul. The bible says " there is a way that seems right unto a man but in the end leads to death.

I honestly have my doubts about  you being a "brother" you misrepresent the faith so badly that you either were in a Church that taught you nothing or you are lying. One of the two. I hope you are not lying.

I will pray for you,

Keith

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

Keith:  My answer below, but I have added your quotes in GREEN

 

You pulled up certain Scriptures and are trying to make those scriptures sound as though they represent the “Catholic Church” – they do NOT refer to your catholic religion and that is why it’s members continue to distort the Scripture.  You believe that Christ personally conferred the succession of the Papacy on Peter by using Matthew 16:18-19.  You have used this Scripture in an attempt to establish a papacy and that is forcing an interpretation upon the Scriptures.   It does NOT say that Peter was the 1st Pope, there was no papacy involved, he was a Jew who followed Jesus Christ and His teachings, he was NOT catholic, nor was Jesus Christ a catholic. 

 

“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.” (Col. 1:18).   Who does it say is the Head of the Church, the body of Christ and has preeminence in all things JESUS CHRIST is the HEAD of the CHURCH (the body of Christ)  that HE might have PREEMINENCE in ALL THINGS!

 

Who is the great shepherd of the sheep?  “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.” (Hebrews 13:20).  Who does this Scripture say is the great shepherd of the sheep?  JESUS CHRIST is the GREAT SHEPHERD of HIS SHEEP!

 

Keith, the Roman papacy and the RCC has no Biblical foundation therefore its concept goes against the Scripture.  The RCC is a system that usurps the title and office of Jesus Christ which is unjustifiable and gives it to the popes.

 

Keith says:  Raymond you stated that the Catholic Church is not even mentioned in the bible. You're right it isn't. But neither is the doctrine of the Holy  Trinity. In fact the word Trinity appears no where in the bible. So that tells us that the bible is not sufficient in all matters of theology or doctrine, nor does it claim to be. 2nd Timothy 3:16 says  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Profitable is not the same as sufficient. So the fact that the word catholic is not used in the bible does not matter because neither is the word Trinity or Triune as you put it. You are claiming something for the bible that it does not claim for itself.

 

That is correct, the Catholic church is not mentioned in the Bible, but you have misdefined the word “church” which does NOT mean Roman catholic.  Jesus Christ and the apostles define “church” as the spiritual entity consisting of ALL believers ( read Ephesians 5:23-32 and Revelation 19:7-9), but never as a worldwide denomination, much less a worldwide denomination centered in Rome and led by a man, the Pope. 

Keith, in II Timothy 3, verses 15 to 17, Paul spoke of “ALL scripture” which was given “by inspiration of God” makes us “wise unto Salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ”.  The fact remains that 2 Timothy 3:15-17 does clearly state the all-sufficiency of scripture. You maintain that the Scripture by itself is insufficient as the authority of your churches members and that tradition and the teaching authority of the church must be added to the Scripture.  That is false!  Your argument is just another attempt to create a false dilemma, and deny what the text actually says.  The Bible would have us beware of the uninspired words of men. 

 

As far as the words “holy trinity”, your church so designated this term in its Catechism and says under:

The formation of the Trinitarian dogma:

251 In order to articulate the dogma of the Trinity, the Church had to develop her own terminology with the help of certain notions of philosophical origin: "substance", "person" or "hypostasis", "relation" and so on. In doing this, she did not submit the faith to human wisdom, but gave a new and unprecedented meaning to these terms, which from then on would be used to signify an ineffable mystery, "infinitely beyond all that we can humanly understand".82

265 By the grace of Baptism "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light (cf. Paul VI, CPG § 9).

Keith, as you can see above, according to your own catholic catechism, the reason we do not find the term “holy trinity” in the Bible is because the catholic church began their own terminology for God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but it does not mean, as you said, quote, “that the bible is not sufficient in all matters of theology or doctrine, nor does it claim to be.”  You are wrong because the Scripture you quoted claims to be just that, and I and every true Christian in the “body of Christ” believes that all things necessary for salvation and concerning faith and life are in the Scriptures, and are clear enough for any believer to find and understand. {2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).  Just as Paul clearly taught to those in Rome and Corinth in Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of god unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  I hope that, by the grace of God, those committed to the RCC doctrine of tradition will come to see the tragic error of denigrating the sufficiency of God’s own inspired Word. 

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and THESE THREE ARE ONE”. I John 5:7

Also, the King James translators carefully designated the word, “Godhead”, meaning a plurality of being which occurs three times in the King James New Testament in Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, and Colossians 2:9.  Here I’ll use the word trinity - time also is a trinity: past, present and future (two invisible and one visible).  Each one is separate and distinct, yet each is the whole.  Man himself is a triunity of spirit, soul and body, two of which are invisible, one visible.

Keith said:  You state that we are saved by faith alone. Unfortunately Raymond the bible does not teach that anywhere. However in fact the bible does address the idea of "faith alone" in James 2:24  You see that a person is justified by what he does and NOT by faith alone. The bible is clear to point out that we are not saved by faith alone, but by grace. God's grace.

 

Keith, the following is what I stated in my prior e-mail to you, check it out: … but “born again” into the “body of Christ” which is accomplished by FAITH AND TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE.  HOWEVER, if you believe that you are saved by God’s grace AND YOUR WORKS (meaning obeying the church rather than the Word), then you are not saved – even if you believe your works are done by God’s grace through the catholic chuch – since you then deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice.  And, I’m NOT speaking of the daily sacrifice of the mass, I’m talking about Christ’s sacrifice on the tree.” …  The Scripture in the King James AV says this: “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24), but let’s look at the rest of scripture which, by the way, does not contradict each other, to make it clear for you, and not to take one scripture out of context, twist it and make it into Catholic doctrine.

Paul wrote: "Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works…(13) For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, BUT through the righteousness of faith…(16)Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” (Rom. 4:4-6, 13, 16).  We cannot have FAITH without Grace as in Romans 5:1-2: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith INTO THIS GRACE wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”  (Emphasis mine)   In another passage we see "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”  Those who believe they can gain a right standing before God with their works and their own righteousness do not know God or His Gospel (Rom. 10:1-4). If they knew the righteousness of God they would know all their righteous works are like filthy rags in His sight. All human works prior to justifying faith are not acceptable to God because "without faith it is impossible to please Him" (Heb. 11:6). The Bible clearly states over and over again that works are unable to secure salvation. "Therefore by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified" (Rom. 3:20; Gal. 2:16). Salvation is “Not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5). God saved us "not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." (2 Tim. 1:9). Even works done in the name of Christ will not secure salvation (Mat. 7:22-23).

Keith, the apostles taught that saving “grace” isn’t based on “works”“And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” (Acts 15:9-11), Romans 4:4-16, 11:6 and Ephesians 2:8-9…all these Verses in the Scripture speaking truth, while the RCC speaks of people MERITING GRACE THROUGH WORKS, ie. Baptism and other sacraments.  Just because you use words like “church”, “grace”, and “works” does not mean you define these terms correctly.  It’s just another way of deceiving more people.

Keith, you said: “The Catholic Church does not teach that we are saved by works. If you were really going to be a "brother" then you would know that. The Catholic Church believes that justification is progressive and that faith without works is dead. I simply go by what bible says.”

 

Again Keith, you took Philippians 2:12 out of context.  Philippians 2:12 says: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  I do know what the RCC teaches on justification by WORKS.  Read Canon 9 of the Council of Trent.  You do not know the Word of God, the bible.  And, yes, I came out of a Catholic high school (Our Lady of Lourdes) and I was a “brother” at Notre Dame, whether you believe it or not, it doesn’t matter.

Keith, RCC teaching on justification places more emphasis on works, sacraments and obeying the law than on personal faith. In fact, Catholics are condemned if they believe they are justified by faith alone. RCC Canon 9 of the Council of Trent states: "If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification...let him be anathema." The Catholic Church teaches that the grace of justification comes, not through faith but through the sacraments, beginning with baptism. From paragraph 1992 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read: "Justification is conferred in Baptism, the sacrament of faith. It conforms us to the righteousness of God, who makes us inwardly just by the power of his mercy." Paragraph 1993 – Justification [in baptism] establishes cooperation between God’s grace and man’s freedom – This sounds to me like it is not entirely the work of God, but a cooperative work between God and man.  How about Paragraph 2019 says: Justification [in baptism] includes the remission of sins, sanctification, and the renewal of the inner man.  Paragraph 2027 teaches Catholics that they can merit the unmerited favor of God for themselves and others: "Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life."  Now here is another one – Paragraph 1446 Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.  In other words, grace is not permanent, but can be lost by sin and regained only through the sacrament of penance in the RCC.

Well, Keith, here, then, the faith according to RCC Council of Trent, which justifies, is obtained at Baptism; to be baptized is to be a RC believer, and to believe with such a faith as Baptism produces, is to be justified!  Thus, you have the Roman Catholic Church teachings which teach the sinner to rest for acceptance with God on his own works.  In other words, the Catechism of the CC opposes God’s Word by teaching justification – read your own teachings on the subject and learn how confusing they are. 

 

As for the true Christian, he does not rest on his own works, he rests on the work of Jesus Christ.  Amen!  From the whole strain of the Word of God, it is most clear that justification is purely an act of God, by His free grace, which declares us to be in an a result of our repentance and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.  Justification is righteousness (right standing with God), but it is imputed or bestowed upon us; it is not based on any of our works.  Justification clears the account of debt with the Lord and frees us from the death penalty (of which we all deserve). 

 

Keith, you said:  “As far as my fruit goes, it is "biblical fruit" and the only biblical fruit is Catholic fruit. They are one in the same. You cannot know Jesus completely by being seperated from His Church. My salvation depends solely on the death of Jesus Christ and the Church that he instituted. My grace comes to me by the sacraments because Jesus commanded us to participate in the sacraments,” 

 

Keith, where do you find in the Bible that the only biblical fruit is Catholic fruit.  You are truly confused.  Where in the Bible does it say that you cannot know Jesus completely by being separated from the Catholic church?  Jesus and His Apostles never said the things you are saying.  Paul even cursed the Judaizers who taught that in addition to faith in Christ’s finished work one also must keep the Jewish law.  With what you are taught and believe and the Judaizers taught destroys the gospel.  How, then can one believe in the gospel of Christ PLUS baptism for salvation and the mass as a propitiatory sacrifice and all the other “sacraments” which Trent and Vatican II say are essential for salvation, the necessity of the Church and its priesthood, the intercession of Mary, purgatory, indulgences, etc.? 

 

You must believe ONE GOSPEL or the OTHER; you cannot believe two contradictory gospels at the same time.  WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN CHRIST ALONE IS SAVED.  Whoever believes in Christ PLUS ANYTHING ELSE for salvation, IS LOST.  He/she has rejected the gospel of Christ which alone saves those who believe it: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:16-17).  And, indeed, those who preach this “other gospel” come under Paul’s anathema: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  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.” (Gal. 1:6-8). 

 

Oh, yes, I’ve heard it over and over by catholics who acknowledge that Christ died for their sins and that salvation is by grace through faith and not by works – but – to that truth Rome adds that Christ’s death is not enough.  RCC teaches that the cross only made possible a process which may lead eventually to heaven, a process involving participation in the seven sacraments which Rome administers.

 

Keith, you get nothing from the sacraments because JESUS NEVER COMMANDED YOU OR ANYONE ELSE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CATHOLIC RELIGION‘S SACRAMENTS.

 

Keith, you said:  “All early Church Fathers and even Martin Luther and most scholars today both Protestant and Catholic state that John 6 refers to the communion table. Even the Early Church Fathers saw the need for the sacraments and even though they are not infallible or inspired in the sense that the bible is if given the choice I would take their words over yours.”  You also quote from a Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2-7:1 [A.D. 110] Ignatius of Antioch -   "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]). Ignatius of Antioch.

 

Keith, you mention Martin Luther and say that other scholars of the Protestant religion, along with Catholicism, state that John 6 refers to the communion table, well tell me something, WOULD YOU TAKE COMMUNION by partaking of a common loaf and cup in the remembrance of Christ’s death IN A PROTESTANT CHURCH WITH PROTESTANT BELIEVERS WHO ARE, IN FACT, ALL ANATHEMATIZED BY THE COUNCIL OF TRENT FOR THEIR BELIEFS?  Study, Study, study to find the truth!

 

You, Keith, and the Orthodox and Protestant believers accept these letters written by men over the truth in the Word of God and use them to set about your catholic sacraments and traditions of men.  You and other catholics often quote from the passages of Scripture and the writings of the church fathers, claiming that these positive references to tradition are referring to Roman Catholic doctrine.  Yes, the protestant, orthodox and catholic all quote from and believe that the church fathers were of their own (each) denomination.  It does not state that any were catholic, protestant or orthodox, yet each religion claims them as theirs.  Catholics cannot prove that the early church was Roman Catholic by using cut-and-paste history.  Quoting such examples does not prove that the early church as a whole was Roman Catholic.  The writings of the early church fathers and authors should never supercede Scripture.

 

Keith, I don’t expect you to take my word, but why not take the words of Jesus Christ, what is wrong with that?  Keith, Jesus Christ is sufficient, we need nothing else.  No sacraments can be for salvation, as that is adding to the Word, Jesus Christ.

 

Keith said:  “You state that you only go by the bible right? What do you think that the early Christians did for the first 500 years? They did not have New Testaments. Even if there were New Testaments around which there wasn't most people then could not even read or afford to buy one since they were all hand copied and the first full New Testament was not around until almost 400 A.D. . The early Christians were taught by Tradition or by word as Saint Paul puts it, Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  2nd Thessalonians 2:15 "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us". 2nd Thessalonians 3:6.  So the apostles were spreading God's word by tradition and by word of mouth. Christ did not give us his bible but he gave us his Church. The Catholic Church. Not the 33000 differing denominations that we have today.”

 

Keith, yes, when I want TRUTH I go directly to the WORD OF GOD, the Bible, and the HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES me ALL things (John 14:26). 

 

The Roman Catholics in 1545 A.D. at the Council of Trent declared tradition of equal authority with scripture and the official Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) places tradition and the Magisterium on the same level of authority with Scripture: "It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls."  Catechism of the Catholic Church, pg. 29, para 95; see also pg. 25, para 8  (Emphasis mine)

 

Keith, the tradition (meaning their own written words [Epistles] and teachings of Christ) that the Apostles taught and passed down were eventually preserved in the gospels.  Of course there were no New Testaments around, but they were being written down and preserved through every Epistle written and every word verbally spoken to the churches during that time.  Reading in 2 Thess.3:6 – it cannot be a reference to truth passed down from generation to generation. Again, Paul is speaking of a "tradition" received firsthand from him.  Paul goes on to define specifically what "tradition" he has in mind: Read 2 Thess 3:7-13.  In other words, Paul was speaking of simple, practical doctrine about stewardship of one's time, a man's responsibility to work and provide for his family, and personal discipline in daily life. These truths are now part of the Scripture, by virtue of Paul's including them in this epistle. Put that together with everything else that the New Testament records and you have every part of the apostolic message that was infallibly preserved for us.

 

But there are scriptures containing verses that condemn tradition too, and these scriptures are part of the reason why true Christians do not hold man’s tradition, i.e., RCC in high esteem:  Matthew 15:3-6 – The Scribes and Pharisees exalted tradition above the commandments of God and Jesus said unto them: “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me”.   Mark 7:8-13 – “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”  In Colossians 2:8 – “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

 

You can easily see that there are 2 types of tradition – (1) the traditions of the Apostles and (2) the traditions of men.  How do we distinguish between man's tradition and the tradition of the Apostles. Well we have the scripture!  2 Timothy 3:16 says: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”  Yes, the scripture was written down by the Apostles and Paul, and Paul clearly regarded his epistles as inspired, authoritative Scripture.  He charged the Thessalonians with these instructions: “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thess 3:14).  So the written words of Scripture are binding.  Apostolic preaching was equally binding for those who heard it from the apostles’ own mouths.  Beyond that, the Scripture lays no burden on anyone’s shoulders.  That is why His own Word assures us that Scripture is fully sufficient to bring us to salvation and to equip us spiritually for all that God demands of us.  Therefore, no man, no church, no religious authority has any warrant from God to augment the inspired Word of Scripture with additional traditions, or to alter the plain sense of it by subjecting it to the rigors of a “tradition” meaning not even found in the Bible itself.  To do so is clearly to invalidate the Word of God – and we know what our Lord thinks of that as said above in Matthew 15:6-9.

 

Keith, in summary, the New Testament is our authority in all matters because it is tied to the historical redemptive events. Christ established the means by which it was written. He called apostles to give His Word and gave the Holy Spirit as a guide. The early Christians accepted their word as Christ's Word because of this call. The early church gathered together the apostles' writings, and by acknowledging their authority from Christ, completed the last step in the recording of the final revelation of God to man, the New Testament.

 

And then Keith, you turn around and blast out with pure blasphemy:

 

 “Christ did not give us his bible but he gave us his Church. The Catholic Church. Not the 33000 differing denominations that we have today.”

 

Keith, be warned, as you blaspheme the WORD of God which is inspired by the Holy Spirit by stating: “Christ did not give us his bible, but gave us the catholic church”, shame on you.  HE didn’t give any denomination to man, including catholicism.  Your words are merely an attempt to weaken the Word of God, the Bible, as the sole authority and to replace it with your man-made catholic religion by making the catholic church superior to the Bible.  The Word is Jesus Christ!

 

The Bible is inspired and has authority because God made it so.  God delivered it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and declared that it would abide forever – AGAIN – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) … “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21).  “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35).  “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (I Peter 1:24-25).

 

Keith, Jesus Christ is the Word – “God, who at sundry times spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” wrote the author of Hebrews 1:1-2.  In these last days which we are now in, the New Testament times, He has spoken through Jesus, the Son of God.  In John 1:1-5 we see that Jesus Christ made God’s plan of redemption possible, and through Christ, God’s redemptive plan became a reality and would be made known to all nations (Romans 16:25-26).  How would this be done?  Jesus Christ established the means by which His Word would be communicated to all the world and future generations.  He called the apostles and they were commissioned to preach, and following the Lord’s resurrection, the apostles were sent out to the whole world.  Jesus promised His disciples help in remembering His teachings after He would return to the Father, and He promised them “the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26The promise is significant; it tied the apostles’ remembrance of Jesus’ words to Jesus Christ Himself.  Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles in their teaching and writing, to enable them to recall and teach all things He had taught them.  The WORD OF GOD is JESUS CHRIST! 

If what you said were to be true, we could then only accept the Bible on the basis of the RCC, which would make the RCC superior to the Word of God, Jesus Christ.   Such is absurd reasoning which proves you are in trouble.  It is simply a lie of Satan that you are promoting.

 Keith says:  “You see Raymond you want to believe what you want to believe, you are the one with the private interpretation, except when it suits your purposes as is the case with the Trinity. You want to believe that the Church teaches salvation by works? No the Church teaches salvation by grace. Works play a part in the believer's life once he is converted not before. We are not justified by "faith alone" As I pointed out before James 2:24 contradicts that by saying that one is justified by works and not by "faith alone."

Oh, Keith, how you use certain scripture out of context to prove your predefined beliefs. If only you would allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of scripture to you, but like other catholics, you come up with your own concoction and see everything through those filters, and your filters being the RCC.  Be a man, and study to show yourself approved.  You need to find out the truth about the teachings of the RCC and you need to find the truth in the Word of God by His Spirit.

 

When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "…What must I do to be saved," Paul said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved [period!]" (Acts 16:31). He didn't say, "...and thou shalt begin a long process of involvement in sacraments administered by an elite priesthood that, hopefully, will one day get you to heaven." Salvation/justification/redemption take place once and for all when Christ is truly received as Savior and Lord and the sinner is “born again” of the Holy Spirit into the family of God. Until then one is not in the family of God, no matter to which church one belongs, be it Protestant, Catholic or whatever.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

Keith says:   Your question to me is do I know if  I died today would I go to Heaven and do I know that for sure? Yes I do know. I have no mortal sin on my soul and yes I would go to Heaven once I passed through purgatory 1st Corithians 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.   I am confident that I would go to Heaven yes.” 

Keith, you are a “brain washed” catholic and on the wrong road…your Roman road leads to hell.  But, please tell me, why is it that you must pass on to purgatory (a RCC teaching which by the way, isn’t in the Scripture), before you can enter heaven – quit trying to use Scripture to condone your lies. 

 

The invention of Purgatory is not whatsoever based on the Bible, but it is based upon other inventions of the Roman Catholic Church, i.e., venial sin and temporary punishment of sin after death. According to Roman Catholic theologians, a person can commit two kinds of sins against God: mortal and venial. Mortal sin is a grave offense against the law of God or of the Church. It is called, "Mortal" because it kills the soul by depriving it entirely of sanctifying grace. Venial sin is a small and pardonable offense against God and the laws of the Church.

 

Why is it that Catholics attempt to find the doctrine of Purgatory within the pages of the Bible, when it isn’t there. One such verse all catholics always use is 1st Corinthians 3:15, just as you did Keith, and then some even use Matthew 12:32, but then there are those catholics who write and say they do not believe in purgatory, nor does their church teach it anymore, so which way is it? 

 

Ist Cor. 3:15 does not teach purgatory as a place we go to in order to have some of our sins cleansed. It does teach that the person is justified by faith and will not face damnation, his works will, however, be judged on "that day." Those works which are good will survive the fires of judgment the way gold, silver, and precious stones can survive fire.  But false works will be consumed the way fire consumes wood, hay, and straw.  What is left has no bearing on whether or not we are saved.  It has to do with rewards in heaven.  This is why you do not understand Scripture and have not the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

 

The doctrine of Purgatory is not only without Biblical proof, but it is against the clear and consistent teaching of Scripture. the Bible nowhere speaks of a temporary place of punishment after death for believers; however, it does clearly state that when the believer dies, he enters into rest, and returns to God (“absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” -2 Cor. 5:8), a state of existence that no living loved one can effect in any way, i.e., through prayers, paying for a mass to be said for the dead, paying for lighting candles for the dead, etc..  When the Word says “absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” it means when a Christian dies, his soul goes immediately to be with Christ (Luke 23:43; above 2 Cor. 5:8; Philippians 1:23).  The resurrection and glorification of our bodies will take place at the “taking out”of the church, when soul and body will be reunited (1 Thess. 4:13-17).

 

You probably didn’t know that the RCC wasn’t the first to invent this money making doctrine of Purgatory.  This same teaching existed first in Ancient Paganism, from Babylon to Greece to Egypt and to Roman mythology.  Look up the word “Purgatory” in the Encyclopedia and see the link to Hinduism and Buddhism – they also believe in a similar purgatory, but call the precess something different.

 

According to the Bible, there is no distinction drawn between mortal and venial sins. It is true that not all sins are equally heinous in character; at the same time, it is equally true that all sins bring death to the soul.

 

In order that we might live, it was all done by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross that paid the sin debt fully whereas we enter into heaven.  That is why Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).    However, the unredeemed soul passes immediately into hell, where he is tormented continually until the Great White Throne Judgment, where he will be judged according to his own works, deeds, thoughts, and motives.  Then, he will be thrown alive into the fire of brimstone, for all eternity, where his torment will never cease.  You had best get your life right with Jesus Christ today, before it is too late.  Please understand this:  Jesus paid the sin debt in full!   "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." [John 8:32]

Keith says:  “My question to you is since you are actively working against God's Church and have left it do you think you would go to Heaven? Also my question is this, Do you think that you can rail on God's Church the way you do with no consequences at all? No what you believe is a lie. You believe falsehood and not the truth. You may have some partial truth with regards to the Trinity and some of the essential doctrines but God is going to judge us on what we know.” 

Jesus says in John 12:48, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  We are not going to be judged by anything the pope, priest, RCC, minister, denomination or pastor speaks or teaches, but “by the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”  It is Jesus Christ Who judges man according to His own Words.

 

I know the moment I die (and it will be soon) I shall be with the Lord for all eternity.  I would only suffer consequences IF I did not speak the truth according to His Word, something you could not possibly understand.  Jesus Christ our Judge shall judge our soul according to His Word.  When we die, we will also face judgment before God. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). The Bible speaks of death as an enemy. 1 Corinthians 15:26 says, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 

 

There is only one way that we can overcome both death and the fear of it; that is through the One who conquered death and the grave. The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, has now made a way for us to also conquer death. Romans 8:37: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

 

From the time we are born to when we die, we are given a choice to choose our own destiny. No one can choose it for us, again, not by prayers, a mass or candles, a priest, pope, RCC or any other denomination. He created man with a free will He will not violate. All He can do is set before us life (which is only found in the provision of Jesus' death on the cross), or death (which is found in rejection of Jesus). To choose the latter will in no uncertain terms lead to the second death.

Keith says:   “You say that you were going to be a "brother" even though I am not sure that I believe you I will assume that you are not making that up. I will give you the benifit of the doubt but I am skeptical. You are just another person who is in schism who adds to division of the body of Christ. Along with 33000 different ones. If you know that what you believe is not true then yes you have to repent or you are endangering your own soul. The bible says " there is a way that seems right unto a man but in the end leads to death. “

Keith, it doesn’t matter if you believe me or not – be skeptical of everything, but more than anything do not trust the RCC teachings.  I know what I believe is truth and it was not taught to me by man or a denomination, but was taught to me by His Word through His Holy Spirit.

Keith says: I honestly have my doubts about  you being a "brother" you misrepresent the faith so badly that you either were in a Church that taught you nothing or you are lying. One of the two. I hope you are not lying.”

I will pray for you,

Keith



Keith, your prayers will not be heard – and again, it doesn’t matter whether you believe me or not, that isn’t necessary for your salvation, and it would be good if you listened to no man, including me, but it is necessary for you to believe the Word of God because the WORD is Jesus Christ, and you have just rejected Him with your own words -  “Christ did not give us his bible …”.  And it shall be by His own Words that you (and all men) shall be judged.  You do not know Him or you would know the truth, but the truth is not in you.   You are anathema!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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FEBRUARY

 

SUBJECT:    BLESSING TO YOU ALL

FROM:          Pancho and Wife Awele in the Netherlands  

    

iam just asimple servant of Christ who may serv THE LORD in the south East Asia countrys at Indonesia and India    

iam born in Amsterdam  grew up as acriminel

 

29 years ago CHRIST came in my life and makes me bornagain AMEN AMEN.

mixt gipsy blood from my Father  iam so happy to find Your website where i can see that there are more people who believe like me in the FULL GOSPELL of MERCY that we received in CHRIST to be realy born again

 

yes Your right about the Law & Mercy

and about all the things thats happening in the Christian world today like Christian called TV channels like TBN and Europe God channels

iam happy to hear Your calling to the people to go straight to THE LORD and not by using of any doctrine of a religion

 

May THE LORD BLESS You and USE You in amighty way to wake up the Christians around this world for fake like Benny Hinn and more of this kind of preachers who preaching only lies for money

 

I realy hope that You want a contact with me so we can engaurage eachother and build eachother up in THE LOVE of CHRIST in  our hearts Rom.5:5

 

LOVE in CHRIST pancho & Wife Awele

 

Almere-haven

Flevoland

The Netherlands

West Europe

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Greetings to Poncho and Awele, our brother and sister in Christ:

 

Thank you brother for your kind words!

 

We are happy that you have found our Saviour Jesus Christ.  You are not alone!  We stand with you in a great battle for souls.  Hold on to the great gift of salvation that you and your wife have, as we also had received many years ago.

 

As far as your past – it is behind you.  You believed God as I have and He provided a way for our sins (all our sins) to be completely washed away – a way that we have been made clean in His sight – and His forgiveness is through our repentance and faith in His Son Jesus Christ who died for the sins of ALL men.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

 

I see that you fully understand this, and that your salvation is based purely upon your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, plus NOTHING added.  Amen! 

 

You are correct in your observation of those things that are going on in the so-called “christian” world.  All these claims of TV ministers, churches and denominational religion that one has to do something to earn their salvation, and do it their way or burn in hell, are lies of satan and absurd, and are nothing more than a direct rejection and denial of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Poncho and Awele, welcome to God’s Family through His Son Jesus Christ!  I am here for you and your family if you want to talk or have questions, and may the Holy Spirit guide us in His truth.  I stand with you and your wife in Jesus Christ - let us keep our eyes on Him and be encouraged in His Word!  Blessings to you!

 

In Jesus,

Raymond and wife Norma


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SUBJECT:    wonderful to read

FROM:       Louisa

 

hello,


it is so great to read that there are some other real christians , or believers out there! well, we know they are out there, and all to gether there are quite a few of us, but their just arent very many in inwood westvirginia. my husband and i attend a pentecostal church. but we arent
pentecostal, its just the closest thing we can find to a preacher preaching on the word of god, and submission to the lord. belive me, we tried alot of churches, and we really wanted to have fellow ship and be involved with a group of believers , you know, and the worship at this church seems pretty biblical. BUT like my husband says, i really dont know why we keep going other than we care about the people there. god has called us out, no denomination is right, only the bible is right. and if we all just read the bible then no one would be all split up lke this .gods word gives us unity, in thought and deed ..jesus gives us unity in gods family.there are believers scattered throughout mant denominations, butidentifying with a  a
certain title or a brand of christianity does not give people unity, it separates. it all comes down to the whore of revelation, the catholic church, and all of these denominations are all her daughters.

god bless you , and keep up the good work.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Dear Louisa:

 

Thank you for your kind words.  Yes, there are true believers in Christ all over the world.  Many write to me and it is truly great hearing from them.  They, like you and your husband, are an encouragement to me in these last days.  These are to me as I am to them, doing as Jesus told Peter “strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:32).  This is what we are to do in love, strengthen each other.  My fellowship is with the Holy Spirit and the Word, the same as yours, and it is all we need.  Your husband is correct in what he says about going to a church.  You have been called out from the denominations, and yes, the Bible is right, because it is the Word of God.  I’m here for you if you have questions or just want to write, and that communication is a fellowship.  Remember, one day soon, we shall have contact with all those who love Jesus and will be in heaven forever, and that Louisa will be the greatest fellowship of all, being with Jesus and all those who have been saved from the beginning of time.  Can you imagine?  I can hardly wait until the day when Jesus calls His bride to Him, and it will be very soon, so, never give up, as our Saviour is about to call us home.  May you have many blessings from Him Who loves you!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

LOUISA'S RESPONSE TO RAYMOND:

 

hello,
i just wondered if i could kind of get your opinion , or advice , or even just a kind word on something. i wrote before as i am sure you remember.  first though, its so amazing that you mentioned to me that we have fellowship with jesus, even if we cant find fellowship down here, because i found just yesterday a tract in my house, right on our bed that i have absolutely no idea where it came from about just the same thing, and it blesed me to see it, i thought that was kind of like a little confermation from the lord about it. it really blessed me.
any ways , my husband has been speaking with this calvanist man,and he seems to hold to some catholic teachings from what i understand of calvanism and lutheran beliefs they are kind of watered down catholics.   and he is trying to convince us that god has picked out who is going to heaven and who isnt already, and nothing can change it. that some souls were just created and destined for hell and have no chance of salvation. now, this goes againt everything the bible teaches, and we just dont know what to say to him, he is a very nice man, he has 6 chikdren, but he just isnt getting it, he cant see that calvanism is just another divider in the church. we are greived by all this, and i was wondering if you had any scripture that we could point out, we have pointed out alot to him, but he twists it all around alll funny to where you could kind of see that meaning in it, but its a stretch. and this is very dangerous.  see, i am the one with the mouth in our family, my husband id the king of our castle , dont get me wrong , and he is a great man, but, god love him, when it comes to matters of the mouth , he isnt much of a talker, he is just meek. so usually in emails i kind of run off at the mouth and then phil fixes it so that it sounds right and makes sense, he is much better at that than me, but this man will not talk to me , he says he cant speak to me
because i am a woman. so its left up to phil.we just need some good scripture to put him right.also, about the leaving our church thing, things are really coming to a head, and we juust dont feel right about the woman who they have assigned to the nursury , whre 1 of our children go during service, she seems nice but she talks and talks all through worship and the biggest upset for my husband was that she told him that she taught the children all about little zacharias climbing up a tree to see the lord. i dont think that needs an explanation.
they preach against sin, they do, but then the pastors daughter and her live in boyfriend  head up comittees and even play music during worship, and the girl even substitutes for a sunday school teacher some times. it just seems wrong.


every thing says get out, but the children enjoy church so.  i also dont want to judge  anyone, and i do love them dearly, i just hate the sin. its like no one else can see it, or maybe they can and they dont care. we dont know.  it is also very disheartening for me . as i teach a sundayschool class of 5-8 yearolds, and the pastors grand children dont even know eho adam and eve are! i asked several questions which i thoucht were very easy, just to
evaluate what this bunch knew,  and my oldest girlwho is 7 and in the class was the only one who knew!


i am so sorry , as  i realize now i have written a total stranger a novel, and dumped out all my problems, we just dont have any other christions to talk to, we havent got many friends other than some people at church, and they dont think its a problem. i appologize for the length of the email.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE TO LOUISA:

 

Hello friends in Christ:

 

You are definitely on the right road, especially when you listen to the Holy Spirit, just don’t detour. Continue discerning false teachings as you are doing, along with the false doctrine of Calvinism.  Always let the Holy Spirit guide you in everything you read. If it’s not scriptural, it’s not of Jesus and against His Word.  Learning to trust the Holy Spirit is as good as it gets – He will guide you into all truth and continue seeking the “gift of discernment” (which sounds as though you and your husband Phil have this gift). 

 

Calvinism is a false teaching that is taught in many denominations, even some Baptist denomination uses this false teaching, believing it to be the doctrine of grace for them – they call it T.U.L.I.P., the 5 points of Calvinism.  Yes, you are right – many Calvinistic beliefs came out of Catholicism, and that is why it’s so easy for those who join in the Calvinistic beliefs to turn to Catholicism.  A Calvinist will spout Scripture to you, trying to defend their beliefs.  They believe that Jesus did NOT die for all mankind, but that God only elected certain people to salvation – even a Calvinist cannot be assured of his or her salvation, and this is what is similar to Catholicism, they also say that no Catholic can be assured of their salvation, therefore, how can any of them be sure if they follow these false doctrines. Calvinism is a detour to hell; they sound pretty good in some of their beliefs, but do not know the way to salvation through Christ only. Yes, those strong in Calvinism will twist the Scripture, turning it around to say it says such and such so that it will be confusing.  But, you know the Word is not confusing.  My wife, Norma, has some web sites she’ll send to you at the end of this e-mail, giving you a chance to look at all of them. Please note, I do not necessarily agree with everything said on these pages, but it’s just for your information so that you and your husband can read more on Calvinism for yourselves.

 

Continue being a help mate to your husband, and allow him to study these things so that he can be the one to have an answer for this man.  It is the Lord’s way.  You wouldn’t be able to teach the man anyway as women are not to teach but are to be a help mate to the husband. 

 

You are correct – both of you should not allow anyone else to teach your children, especially in a nursery of a church, it’s your job to bring them up in the ways of the Lord, and never allow their lives to be wrapped up in a “church” building, as it’s our job as parents to be concerned about their spirituality and their growth in Christ – that is why, as you say, it is, “coming to a head” – and it should.  How could any pastor claim to be teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and speaks out on sin, yet allows his daughter to have a live-in boyfriend?   Sorry, but I agree with your husband, run and run fast from that system of lies, or else your own children who are being taught by this system, will one day want to follow the crowd, after all it’s the pastor’s daughter and live-in boyfriend who are part of this crowd who plays music at the church, and your children could easily be influenced.  Do you see my point?  You can still love the people, just don’t participate in their sin – rather fellowship with people who are of like mind and like faith, and if you can’t find any, there’s always you, Phil and the children – that’s fellowship!   You are not judging people, only Jesus can judge the soul, but you are to judge their fruit and warn them of their false ways which is not of the Lord.

 

Louise, and Phil, follow your heart and stay in the Word, as the Holy Spirit wrote and now guides and teaches us in all things.  Now, you live the Word every day of your lives. 

 

I’m here if you have any questions or need to talk.  The Holy Spirit has blessed me beyond my expectations and given me a knowledge that I had asked for years ago and I thank the Lord for that time He gave me to study His Word and write my web page.  I will be 76 years old soon and I have been given those years to be His servant and to teach those who will listen.  While reading the web site –  

Hello friends in Christ:

 

You are definitely on the right road, especially when you listen to the Holy Spirit, just don’t detour. Continue discerning false teachings as you are doing, along with the false doctrine of Calvinism.  Always let the Holy Spirit guide you in everything you read. If it’s not scriptural, it’s not of Jesus and against His Word.  Learning to trust the Holy Spirit is as good as it gets – He will guide you into all truth and continue seeking the “gift of discernment” (which sounds as though you and your husband Phil have this gift). 

 

Calvinism is a false teaching that is taught in many denominations, even some Baptist denomination uses this false teaching, believing it to be the doctrine of grace for them – they call it T.U.L.I.P., the 5 points of Calvinism.  Yes, you are right – many Calvinistic beliefs came out of Catholicism, and that is why it’s so easy for those who join in the Calvinistic beliefs to turn to Catholicism.  A Calvinist will spout Scripture to you, trying to defend their beliefs.  They believe that Jesus did NOT die for all mankind, but that God only elected certain people to salvation – even a Calvinist cannot be assured of his or her salvation, and this is what is similar to Catholicism, they also say that no Catholic can be assured of their salvation, therefore, how can any of them be sure if they follow these false doctrines. Calvinism is a detour to hell; they sound pretty good in some of their beliefs, but do not know the way to salvation through Christ only. Yes, those strong in Calvinism will twist the Scripture, turning it around to say it says such and such so that it will be confusing.  But, you know the Word is not confusing.  My wife, Norma, has some web sites she’ll send to you at the end of this e-mail, giving you a chance to look at all of them. Please note, I do not necessarily agree with everything said on these pages, but it’s just for your information so that you and your husband can read more on Calvinism for yourselves.

 

Continue being a help mate to your husband, and allow him to study these things so that he can be the one to have an answer for this man.  It is the Lord’s way.  You wouldn’t be able to teach the man anyway as women are not to teach but are to be a help mate to the husband. 

 

You are correct – both of you should not allow anyone else to teach your children, especially in a nursery of a church, it’s your job to bring them up in the ways of the Lord, and never allow their lives to be wrapped up in a “church” building, as it’s our job as parents to be concerned about their spirituality and their growth in Christ – that is why, as you say, it is, “coming to a head” – and it should.  How could any pastor claim to be teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and speaks out on sin, yet allows his daughter to have a live-in boyfriend?   Sorry, but I agree with your husband, run and run fast from that system of lies, or else your own children who are being taught by this system, will one day want to follow the crowd, after all it’s the pastor’s daughter and live-in boyfriend who are part of this crowd who plays music at the church, and your children could easily be influenced.  Do you see my point?  You can still love the people, just don’t participate in their sin – rather fellowship with people who are of like mind and like faith, and if you can’t find any, there’s always you, Phil and the children – that’s fellowship!   You are not judging people, only Jesus can judge the soul, but you are to judge their fruit and warn them of their false ways which is not of the Lord.

 

Louise, and Phil, follow your heart and stay in the Word, as the Holy Spirit wrote and now guides and teaches us in all things.  Now, you live the Word every day of your lives. 

 

I’m here if you have any questions or need to talk.  The Holy Spirit has blessed me beyond my expectations and given me a knowledge that I had asked for years ago and I thank the Lord for that time He gave me to study His Word and write my web page.  I will be 76 years old soon and I have been given those years to be His servant and to teach those who will listen.  While reading the web site –  http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html - if you have a question, send it on, as it has always been my objective to encourage you and yours to know and follow Jesus Christ – for there is no other way. 

 

DANGER OF TEACHING THAT CHRIST DIED ONLY FOR THE ELECT:  http://wayoflife.org/fbns/dangerofteaching.htm

 

http://www.biblebelievers.net/Calvinism/kjcalvn1.htm

THIS SITE GIVES ALL 5 POINTS OF CALVINISM – T.U.L.I.P.

 

http://www.biblelife.org/calvinism.htm

CALVINISM

 

http://www.bible-truth.org/FAQ-Calvinism.html

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CALVINISM  (this one has questions and answers with Scripture that a Calvinist uses to convince you of their false doctrine)

 

Hopefully these web sites will help you – and remember, keep the good and throw out the bad.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 
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SUBJECT:    Re: The Holy Catholic Church

FROM:           Lionel:

 

Dear Raymond

 

I apologize for the delay in my response to your last e-mail.  Instead of answering all your questions and responding to all your interpretations of the Bible and doctrines of the Holy Catholic Church I will respond to one at a time if you don't mind.  I think this way of doing things make more sense instead of jumping around like I did and not making any headway.  You are saying quite a bit in your last e-mail and I want to get through all of it if you don't mind.  Again, I am responding in olive green.

 

Where, in the Word does it say the sacrifice of the Mass will help you stop committing sin, Firstly, it is important to understand that the sacrifice we are making in the Holy Mass is the Lamb of God and we all know who is the Lamb of God.  Not less than twenty eight times does John refers to the Lamb of God in the Book of Revelations.  So we know Jesus is the Lamb of God that John refers to in his Gospel (Jn1:36) and throughout the Apocalypse.  I assume that we agree on that, Jesus is the Lamb of God.  If you do not agree please say why and if possible quote it from the Bible or tradition  as Paul says in his second letter to the Thesalonians " Hold fast to tradition". (2Thes 2:15)  Regarding your concern as to where in the Word does it say the sacrifice of the Holy Mass will help me stop committing sin, I am responding as follows, keep in mind that Jesus is the Lamb of God.  Firstly, I think we agree that by worshipping God, He forgives our sins, He contniuously remind us of His precious love for His children so we need to make sure that we worship Him in in a manner prescribed by Him.  Throughout Sacred Scripture He tells us how He wants to be worshipped.  Let's have a look where in the Word does he tells us how to worship Him.  To ancient Israel, the lamb was identified with sacrifice, and sacrifice is one of the most primal forms of worship.  As early as the second generation described in Genesis, we find, in the story of Cain and Abel, the first recorded example of sacrificial offering.  Cain brought to the Lord and offer of the fruit of the ground and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions(Gen 15:8-10; 22:13).  In due time, we encounter similar burnt offerings from Noah (Gen8:20-21), Abraham (Gen 15:8-10 ; 22:13), Jacob (Gen46:1) and others.  Of the sacrifices in Genesis, two deserve our most careful attention: that of Melchizedek (Gen14:18-20) and that of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22.  Melchizedek's sacrifice was extraordinary in that it involve no animals.  He offered bread and wine as Jesus would at the last supper when He instituted the Eucharist. I TRUST THAT IT EXPLAIN WHY WE AS CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE WORSHIP GOD ACCORDING TO HIS PRESCRIBED MANNER, WE REMIND OURSELVES OF HIS UNCONDITONAL LOVE AND IN RETURN RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS WHILST AT THE SAME TIME IT HELPS US TO STOP DOING SINS.  The Bible does't say how the Holy Mass will help us to stop committing sin in so many words but it is very clear that Holy Mass is doing what the Bible tells us to do. Raymond, if you do not agree with what I am saying please, be specific in your counter arguments.      and you, Lionel, cannot consecrate the bread and wine to become His body and blood.  Even if you have taken vows to be a catholic priest, you cannot change bread and wine into His body and blood, you have no power of any sort and neither does the RCC.  He does not tell you to do that at all. According to you what does our Lord means when He says "Do this in remembrance of Me" bearing in mind that He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, 'This is My body which is for you.  Do this in rememberance of Me".  In the same way also the cup, after supper saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me"(1Cor11:23-25)  Paul emphasizes the importance of the doctrine of the Real Presence and sees dire consequences in unbelieve: "Any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself" (1Cor11:29).  As Catholics we believe that our Lord wants us to repeat what he did at the last supper as a sacrifice to His Father.  To atone for offenses against a God Who is all-good, infinite and eternal mankind needed a perfect sacrifice: a sacrifice as good and unblemished and boundless as God Himself and that was Jesus, Who alone could put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb9:26)  Remember what God tells us in His word, if two or more people agree to pray for something He will provide and what do you expect if you ask God for someting that His Son comanded us to do.  Jesus knew that the twelve apostels whom He comanded to do it in memory of Him will have successors and it is expected that what He has comanded them to do will not stop with the twelve it will continue with their sucessors.  Jesus instructed the twelve and those that was with them to go out and preach the Gospel which would be amongst all other to to take bread and wine and did what He did at the last supper.  Why is it so difficult for you to understand that Jesus wants us to eat His Body and drink His blood as real food and drink, because if we do that we remind ourselves of God's great love when He gave us his Son to die for our sins.

 

Please, respond to this and see how far we get.

 

God bless,

Lionel

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:   

 

Hello again Lionel:

 

I shall begin by telling you that when I speak the Scripture it is not MY interpretation of the Bible, THE WORD STANDS ON ITS OWN, and what I say about the Roman catholic church is what YOUR RCC teaches, which is NOT my interpretation – it’s in YOUR CATHOLIC CATECHISM from which I quote and you are told by your own church to believe it or go to hell.   You cannot answer any of my questions because you do not have the answers that would be scriptural, you have only that which is taught by the RCC through their doctrine and tradition and you live by these teachings, do you not??, and you shall die by them, will you not??

You sited scriptural references stating that the Lamb of God is Jesus Christ – I agree that the Lamb of God is Jesus Christ, NOT BECAUSE YOU SAY SO, THE WORD SAYS THUS: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Rev. 5:12-13).    BUT, you and I are NOT speaking about the SAME JESUS CHRIST, the LAMB OF GOD, as the one you offer daily is a DIFFERENT Jesus, NOT the true Christ that died for our sins.  I DO NOT AGREE one bit WITH your RCC TRADITION.  Nor do I agree with your response in green to my question, “Where, in the Word does it say the sacrifice of the Mass will help you stop committing sin”  Here is YOUR ANSWER:Regarding your concern as to where in the Word does it say the sacrifice of the Holy Mass will help me stop committing sin, I am responding as follows, keep in mind that Jesus is the Lamb of God.  Firstly, I think we agree that by worshipping God, He forgives our sins, He contniuously remind us of His precious love for His children so we need to make sure that we worship Him in in a manner prescribed by Him.  Throughout Sacred Scripture He tells us how He wants to be worshipped.” (Your use of Old Testament Scriptural verses does not qualify the sacrifice of the mass [period], nor does it qualify it as a means by which one stops committing sin which are lies of the RCC teachings).  I do not agree with your statement “that by worshipping God, He forgives our sins”.  Like Paul told a group of Athens philosophers; that the God he had come to know in Christ was the God they were worshiping in ignorance (Acts 17:16-33).  I shall be quite specific.

Lionel, you also are worshipping God in ignorance.  I say this in love because I too was there.  Catholics believe that they will be saved due to their keeping the sacraments and worshipping god at mass through the eucharist.  This is Satan's biggest lie.  Do not be deceived.  We are saved only because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the tree (“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…1 Peter 2:24), not what we can do for Him.  The Bible tells us: "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.” (Ephes. 2:8-9) 

The Roman catholic church believes and teaches that in their public worship of their god, as they share in the eucharist, they trust they will be forgiven their sin as they believe the eucharist is offered in reparation for the sins of living and dead according to their Catholic Catechism:

1414 As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God.

Lionel, here is where the catholic church is in error of false teaching –

"The priest is, indeed, another Christ, or in some way, he is himself a continuation of Christ." (Pope Pius XI, Encylical on the Priesthood)

How many times does the Bible warn us about “another Christ” - Jesus Himself warned us, in Matthew 24, that, at the End of the Age, people would see many instances where "another Christ" would appear, claiming that he is a Christ, and in Jesus’ own words:  “Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matthew 24:4-5).  Jesus Himself tells us that these claims will be a great deception, and “many” will be deceived.  Here is where the “deceived many” portray the Roman Catholic membership, besides the “many” (“who come in my name”) thousands of RC priests as “many” christs

Again, we hear from the RCC, that the priest takes over the role of Christ (another false teaching) when the priest actually believes he is actually changing the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood by speaking the same words Christ spoke, eating and drinking of the same, this time from:

English translation of the Catholic Catechism which was completed in 1994: -  Teaching # 1375- It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. ... The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God's. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered. ... The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed.

THE WORD OF GOD (JESUS CHRIST) IN THE BIBLE SAYS: "…the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23 – THIS IS HOW JESUS WANTS TO BE WORSHIPPED.  Man’s sin is NOT forgiven in worshipping the offering of a eucharist (piece of bread).  The Bible says OUR SIN IS FORGIVEN: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)   Whether you quote from the Old Testament or the New Testament, YOUR sacrifice, the eucharist, which is used in the mass is what MAN has set up for worshipping the Son of God, NOT what the Word teaches us on how we are to worship the Father.  Also, the RCC kind of worshipping God does not bring forgiveness of sin to any man (nor does confession to a priest).  Lionel, the forgiveness of sins is through faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are justified, that is, declared not guilty before God – THROUGH FAITH, and our sin is forgiven as above in 1 John 1:9, NOT through the offering of a piece of bread which has nothing to do with the true Jesus Christ, our worship, our salvation and the  forgiveness of our sin.

Again, I will repeat to you – the “MASS” is NOT IN THE SCRIPTURE, NO WHERE!  Nor will anyone find the words or phrases “Transubstantiation” or “Holy Eucharist” in the Scripture.  JESUS CHRIST NEVER INSTITUTED THE ‘EUCHARIST”.  That is why this false doctrine is not from the Lord, but of men (Matthew 21:23-27).  He who teaches this false doctrine or any other false doctrine, “hath not God” (see 2 John 9: “Whosover transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.” (2 John 9) and he/she “be accused” – Gal. 1:8-9.  The EUCHARIST is NOT IN THE SCRIPTURE, NO WHEREBECAUSE there are NO ELEMENTS such as the “eucharist” that physically becomes the body and blood of Jesus (IT DOES NOT), and NO ONE, NO MAN has the power to change that little piece of bread (eucharist) into the body and blood of Christ so that it can be offered daily all over the world in every catholic church again and again for sin.  THIS TEACHING IS A LIE AND FALSE DOCTRINE of the RCC, and any other religion which follows the same teaching also believes a lie. 

Seeing that you brought up the Old Testament sacrifices and Melchisedec’s sacrifice of which you refer to in the Old Testament, saying:  Of the sacrifices in Genesis, two deserve our most careful attention: that of Melchizedek (Gen14:18-20) and that of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22.  Melchizedek's sacrifice was extraordinary in that it involve no animals.  He offered bread and wine as Jesus would at the last supper when He instituted the Eucharist. – I will state that unlike the Levite priests under the Old Covenant who had to offer sacrifices again and again, Jesus Christ is the ONLY HIGH PRIEST of a better Covenant – read Hebrews 7:1-28.  Who is Melchisedec? Yes, he’s also in Gen. 14:18-20. This, along with what Paul writes in Hebrews, chapter 7, is what we know of Melchisedec. He is called the king of righteousness, the king of peace, and the priest of the Most High God.  God sent forth Melchisedec to give us a MORE ACCURATE TYPE of our Lord's eternal Priesthood!  Melchisedec, as a type of Christ’s Priesthood, from the fact that Paul continues to mention him in reference to Christ (see Hebrews 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:17, 21).  These things are spiritually understood.

The "order" of Melchisedec does not mean a series of priests like the Catholic Church would have one believe, for Melchisedec neither received his priesthood from, nor transmitted it to, any other mere man; it must mean "answering to the office of Melchisedec."  Christ's priesthood is similar to Melchisedec's in that it is "for ever" (Hebrews 7:16,17).  In Hebrews 7:26-27 we see we have the High Priest Who is perfectly suited for our need.  He is holy, blameless, and unstained by sin – one with us and yet separate and exalted high above ALL.  He only needs to offer ONE SACRIFICEThis He did ONCE – read Hebrews 9:24-26.  No ONE MAN can offer this sacrifice again.  Look at Hebrews 7, Verse 28“For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity (sin); but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”  God made His own Son to be our High Priest who is consecrated forevermore.

There is NO SACRIFICE OF BREAD AND WINE OFFERED by Melchisedec  – as you seem to infer in green above in last 2 paragraphs that Melchizedek (Old Testament spelling) offered bread and wine as a sacrifice – IT DOESN’T SAY THAT AT ALL!  I remember how the RCC taught that Melchisedec made a sacrifice on a stone altar – NOT TRUE AT ALL. Genesis, Chapter 6:18-20 says: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.  And he blessed him (Abraham) and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.”  NO WAY DOES THIS SAY THAT MELCHIZEDEK OFFERED BREAD AND WINE AS A SACRIFICE!!!. 

Melchisedec (a King who was not born of physical parents – The Scripture tells us that he was: "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." -Hebrews 7:3) [who do you think this Scripture is talking about – Who abides a priest continually?] and  blessed Abraham before God tested his faith.  God communicated with Abraham to test his faith and asked him to sacrifice his son (ANOTHER SACRIFICE YOU SPEAK OF). Abraham was a believer, he knew God (God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  He knew that God would resurrect his son if he were to slay his son who was to be used as a sacrifice.

Now, let’s continue on to YOUR WORDS IN GREEN AS FOLLOWS,   “As Catholics we believe that our Lord wants us to repeat what he did at the last supper as a sacrifice to His FatherTo atone for offenses against a God Who is all-good, infinite and eternal mankind needed a perfect sacrifice: a sacrifice as good and unblemished and boundless as God Himself and that was Jesus, Who alone could put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb9:26)  Remember what God tells us in His word, if two or more people agree to pray for something He will provide and what do you expect if you ask God for someting that His Son comanded us to do.  Jesus knew that the twelve apostels whom He comanded to do it in memory of Him will have successors and it is expected that what He has comanded them to do will not stop with the twelve it will continue with their sucessors.  Jesus instructed the twelve and those that was with them to go out and preach the Gospel which would be amongst all other to to take bread and wine and did what He did at the last supper.  Why is it so difficult for you to understand that Jesus wants us to eat His Body and drink His blood as real food and drink, because if we do that we remind ourselves of God's great love when He gave us his Son to die for our sins.”

AND, HERE ARE MY ANSWERS TO YOU:  First of all, NO MAN ON EARTH CAN REPEAT WHAT CHRIST DID AT THE LAST SUPPER AS A SACRIFICE TO ATONE FOR OFFENSES AGAINST GOD.  And, just because you are a catholic and you believe it, it doesn’t make it true.   Lionel, you twist the Scripture – two or more agree to pray for something He will provide…for something that His Son commanded us to do?????  Jesus left us 2 commandments, do you know them?  We don’t pray for the 2 things He commands of us, we do them if we are Christian and follow Christ.  All true Christians who follow His Word will continue being witnesses of Christ and will live the Word that He left us.   

Here, you say, Why is it so difficult for you to understand that Jesus wants us to eat His Body and drink His blood as real food and drink,”  Lionel, this is your belief, the Roman Catholic belief to eat the body of Jesus and drink His blood  - Catholic doctrine teaches that when the priest blesses the bread and wine, they are miraculously transformed into the actual body and the actual blood of Jesus Christ.  Here is the teaching from your own Catholic Catechism:

Catholic Catechism, par. 1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as 'the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.' [St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 73, 3c.] In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.' [Council of Trent (1551): DS 1651.] 'This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.' [Paul VI, MF 39.]

 

Your very own Catholic doctrine demands that believers must worship the Eucharist.

Catholic Catechism, par. 1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. 'The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.' [Paul VI, MF 56.]

 

Your Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that by the actions of the priest the bread and wine become the actual body and the actual blood of Jesus Christ.  At Mass, the priest blesses the bread.  He then holds it up to the congregation and declares "The body of Christ."  The congregation responds "Amen."  He then continues, blesses the wine, holds it up to the congregation and declares "The blood of Christ."  Again, the congregation responds "Amen." The Catholic Church claims that this is a miracle called transubstantiation.

 

Lionel, I have no desire to believe in the way or the things taught by the Catholic church.  The reason I could never believe the false church of Roman Catholicism is because nothing of it is true.  I have already been there, but have since learned the truth by His Holy Spirit.  Today and as long as I live, the New Testament is the final revelation of Jesus Christ regarding things man needs to know to be saved: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3).  Finally, I leave you with the following: 

 

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines, For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. – By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (Hebrews 13:8-9, and 15)

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    very sad

FROM:        Peter

 

You are a very sad case. ive looked at your attemt of a website,. you must be on of those who advocate manmade religions like the catholic church.

 

I suggest you examine your bible based beliefs and see where they come from, im sure they dont originate in the bible, why else would u use a KJ bible, the one thats been added to and doctored.

 

You make me laugh and before u conclude that im a JW, ur wrong moron.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Peter:

 

Yes, I'm very sad also, because the "spirit of THIS world" is in all (including yourself), as you said, “manmade religions like the catholic church” today, after having thrown the Lord Jesus Christ out of them! See what I mean here:  "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." -John 4:24 (KJV).  Now, I suggest you examine all the modern versions (that you more than likely use) which insist that “God is Spirit” (NKJV) or “God is spirit” (NIV, NASV, etc.).

 

Yes, these bibles all leave out "A", the English indefinite article (“a”), which allows one to reasonably conclude that God is ANY spirit, whether good or evil.  By saying “a Spirit,” the King James Bible shows that God is a particular Spirit and that He stands apart from other spirits such as human spirits and evil spirits.  Notice how the NIV, NASV, etc., have compounded this heresy that God’s Spirit is nothing more than that of nature by spelling “spirit” in lower case.  This is damnable heresy and is being taught today in man’s churches.

 

I will continue to read and study to show myself approved from the King James Bible, thank you, which truly proclaims the Godhead and the deity of Jesus Christ

 

No, I would never conclude that you are a Jehovah Witness – but more like one who is lost, having a simple minded “jedi” faith, the kind that you only see in Star Wars movies.

 

Like Jesus said:  “Woe unto you that laugh now!  For ye shall mourn and weep”. (Luke 6:25).  So, Peter, I wonder how loud you’ll laugh when you find out that your name is not in the book of life when you stand at the white throne judgment before Jesus Christ where your deeds will be revealed and all truth shall reign. 

 

I recommend that you search the Word of God, the King James Bible, and turn your life over to Jesus Christ before it’s too late and you get to the White Throne Judgment.  There’s still time for you as long as it’s today.  Repent of your sin and accept Jesus as Saviour!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

PETER'S RESPONSE:

 

No i have been freed by the bonds of false religion, you will know the truth and the truth will set u free. The identifying mark of a true christian is LOVE. a scripture that can be quoted is, you will know my true followers as they have love amonst themselfs.

It seems if you have a fixation against JWs. I can conclude that. Was i a JW. yes i was, am i now, No im not. Do I believe in the Bible, yes i do, do i believe in a holy catholic church as the only true religion, no i dont,

 

Interestingly you are trying to prove to yourself the godhead. why is it that most ones of this persuasion always try to prove it using a handful of scriptures. Id love to see a few scriptures that prove the holyspirit as being Jesus,  and reference to the holyspirit being called God directly. no doubt you can do this for me.

 

The bible says, to test your faith all the time.  I think you need to show more love to people, to show your hatred in a way you do leaves alot to be desired.

 

Now, let the test of faith begin, please show me some scriptures that prove jesus is the same as the holy spirit, the name of God, the name of the son and the name of the holy spirit, if they are all one and all people surely they have names.

 

Yes i dont believe in a trinity, but im sure you are willing to prove my wrong and your correct with such an important doctrine of yours.

 

Dont bother trying to quote Watchtower material to me either.

 

May the undeserved kindness of our lord jesus be shown to you.

 

And before u put a spell checker over my email , i know theres errors there. Lets stick to see who really is an advocate for truth

 

Peter

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello again Peter:

 

I do not try to prove myself as anything, other than a man who has been saved by the blood of my Saviour Jesus Christ who died willingly in my place for my sins.  You rejected the Scriptures I gave you so why would you turn around and say in your e-mail above: “Id love to see a few scriptures that prove the holyspirit as being Jesus…and reference to the holyspirit being called God directly. no doubt you can do this for me.”   Yes, I could, but you wouldn’t believe it anyway.  If you are searching the Scripture so that you can become knowledgeable of His Word you do not need me, you can do it on your own in the bible and then send them on to me – you said above you believe in the Bible, which I do not believe that you do, and which Bible, I do not know.

 

As far as Jehovah Witnesses, you were the one that brought them up in your 1st e-mail, I simply answered you.  You also brought up the Catholic religion, I made no mention of it, nor did I make mention of Watchtower – these are all your words.  You are the one criticizing me about hatred – where is your love Peter – you show none whatsoever.  You have a critical spirit, but spout no truth or love. 

 

You may continue to believe whatever you want – it’s your soul.  I have never corrected anyone’s spelling, nor would I – I’m not good at it either so why should I correct anyone else on their spelling.  Anyway, that isn’t what the Lord looks at, He looks at our heart, not our spelling. 

 

The only thing I will stick to is this: I do not find you an advocate of any truth whatsoever, I see nothing but your own belligerent wrath and pride showing.  I believe your heart is hardened to the truth, but if you want to know – open the King James Bible and study to show yourself approved.  I cannot save you or anyone else.  Get a life in Jesus Christ – ONLY HE, THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, CAN SAVE YOU!

 

In Jesus,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:   since the catholic church is a pack of lies......

FROM:   Sinrancor

 

any thing coming out of it is too. which includes all forms of known xianity today. all of it is a pack of manipulated mind destroying idiocybased on ancient religions of the civilizations of this era circa 5000 years ago to today.you cant make a silk purse out of a pigs ear.

 

RESPONSE:

 

Sinrancor:

 

True Biblical Christianity does not come out of the catholic church, it is a life lived according to the Word of God which is Jesus Christ.  Those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ shall be saved when they accept the Grace of God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and live His Word daily.

 

When God created Adam, the Bible tells us that He used the dust of the ground to make man, it doesn’t say He used gold or silver to make man.  With God all things are possible!  You see, God can even make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear if He so chooses – He can make something out of nothing – and He does that when a sinner comes to the Lord and accepts Jesus Christ as their Saviour by his Spirit. 

 

Now, if you have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour, you are in for a great surprise when you stand before the Lord Jesus at the White Throne Judgment.  The Word says judgment follows death, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:15).

 

Sinrancor, you should get real and give Him a chance to make you over – invite Jesus Christ into your life and ask Him to change you, giving you a new heart – as He works the best with the least always, and that’s like making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and that’s the Good News for all who love the Lord Jesus Christ! 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    update

FROM:   Ariadne

 

Hello Raymond,

 

I dont know if you remember me, but  I wrote you in desperation (Jan 17 2005) about a year ago and you gave me real good advice and Thank you because since then I have been serving The Lord faithfully.  I am the one who was visted by aliens... I thought I was going crazy! but Praise The Lord, my eyes were opened, you see I opened the door to evil spirits by drinking and messing around with drugs..and it didnt help that I was going through depression as well...since then I really gave my life to the Lord and have moved out of my house....see My Pastor came and blessed the house and it was okay for a week and then it happened again, but this time I could actually hear the demons trying to come in around my house, but it was like angeles were protecting me and I could hear the war outside my window. Everynight I prayed for a hedge of protection form the Lord for myself and my children...Like I said since then I have moved out and now leave in peace in a new home and State and The Lord has greatlly blessed me with a new job (i'm branch manager for a compamy) and new 3bdrm home and my husband gets out of prison in 6 months and He has also gave His life to the Lord...Please keep praying for The Subject Family...all that stuff that happened I still dont understand...but Praise God its over.

 

God Bless..

Ariadne

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello again Ariadne:

 

I’m so happy that you wrote back to tell me of the “good news”.  I certainly do remember you, all the weird things you had experienced in your other home and the things you were seeing, and yes, thinking you were losing your mind.  Evidently no more monks in white or black robes!  Now, yes, praise the Lord and I with you, with all thanksgiving that your eyes were opened and you are now serving Him faithfully.  You know, Ariadne, sometimes it takes a great awakening for us to turn solely to Jesus Christ and not try to do things by our own flesh – as we can do nothing of ourselves.  As Jesus said in John 15:5“I am the vine, ye are the brances.  He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  Jesus Christ needs to be the center of all our thinking – never put Him aside again.  Again, without Jesus we can do nothing.  You found that out, you were helpless.  So many Christians get themselves into harmful situations by not waiting on the Lord following His advice and direction by his Spirit.

 

Now, Ariadne, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17.  Those who become new creatures in Christ will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance...And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-24.  It is now by your faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ that you are able to follow in His steps.  It is His work to conform all of us to be in the image of His Son.

 

Ariadne, all of those obstacles you followed and passed through only increased your need of Jesus.  Now, out of that backslidden condition you walked out of, and knowing that He lives in you, follow Him – by yielding, obeying, praying and repenting of your past condition and living His Word every day of your life.  I’m here for you, write anytime or ask questions.  May you, your husband and family be strengthened by His Word – Keep it in your heart always.  Don’t ever give Jesus up!  Never!  Time is very short and the Lord Jesus will soon be calling up His “church”.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    The Catholic Church

FROM:    Lionel P.


 

We will pray for those who has abandonned the church of GOD, the Holy Catholic Church, like the followers of Jesus Christ abandonned Him when He told them to eat His body and drink His blood.  "My body is real food and my blood is real drink".  At the last supper, after he prayed, blessed the wine and the bread He said this is My body eat it then He took the cup prayed and blessed it and said this is My blood drink it, AND then He said "DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME"

 

God Bless

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Lionel:

 

Thank you for writing!  The Catholic church is NOT holy, nor is it the church of God, but is evil in its works of the devil.  I thank the Lord that I have abandoned the RCC and its lies and evil works.  What you said in your e-mail reflects a false gospel which keeps all Catholics in bondage to their false god.  Your belief is not in the Bible, as Jesus did not teach the RCC belief.

 

It is by the Grace of God I believe in Jesus Christ through the faith He has given me for my salvation which is not of works of men or their traditions as is through the false religion of Catholicism.

 

Lionel, you have a sacramental view of salvation, and it is not the true way to Jesus Christ.  The death of Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus offered his blood and died on the tree as a payment for the sins of the world ONE TIME ONLY.  The Bible teaches that this sacrifice cannot be repeated. "For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Hebrews 10:14).  

 

In John 6:53 through 58 Jesus is speaking about spiritual life and spiritual bread.  He explained over and over to the Apostles that the work of the living Father is to believe on Him and they continued to seek physical bread, rather than spiritual bread. When Jesus said, in verse 55, “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed”, many were offended, thinking of cannibalism…and were still using their understanding in the physical realm.  The Apostles left because they did not believe the claims that Jesus made – and because of this “unbelief” they could not understand what He was saying.  “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Cor. 2:14).  Jesus knew His disciples murmured at the things He said - …”he said unto them, Doth this offend you?...”It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (verse 61, 63).

 

The Roman Catholic religion purposely leaves out verses 63-64 when claiming that John 6 is about the eucharist.  You will NEVER find the word “eucharist” in the Bible, the Word of God.  The bread god did not die for you or me and it cannot give you eternal life, only the real Jesus Christ Who loves all men and died ONCE that all might have eternal life.  By faith I connect with the sacrifice of Christ, NOT by a man-made ceremony of the RCC.  The Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation is NOT biblical.

 

“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more.” (Romans 6:9)

 

In Jesus Christ alone,

Raymond

 

LIONEL'S RESPONSE:

 

Dear Raymond

 

I have responded in olive green

Subject: Re: The Holy Catholic Church

 

Hello Lionel:

 

Thank you for writing!  The Catholic church is NOT holy, nor is it the church of God, but is evil in its works of the devil.  I thank the Lord that I have abandoned the RCC and its lies and evil works.  What you said in your e-mail reflects a false gospel which keeps all Catholics in bondage to their false god.  Your belief is not in the Bible, as Jesus did not teach the RCC belief.  You sound very bitter and I can't help to think that while you were part of the Holy Catholic Church somethiong happened.  If it is true I do not mind to talk to you about it and hopefully bring you back to the Church.

 

It is by the Grace of God I believe in Jesus Christ through the faith He has given me for my salvation which is not of works of men or their traditions as is through the false religion of Catholicism.  Was St. Paul saying that “the Bible” would make the man of God “complete, equipped for every good work”?    No. Let’s look at the text, 2Timothy 3 verses 16 and 17, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Is it the Scripture that accomplishes this? No, it is teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness that makes the man of God complete, equipped for every good work. Those who do the teaching, reproving, correcting and training will find that the Scriptures are “profitable” for this endeavor. But note: profitable does not mean sufficient. This work depends upon the ministries of the Church mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-16, and why?

Because the scriptures can be misused. Even during the Apostles’ day scriptures were misused and misinterpreted. People could be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, even by people who were quoting Scripture, as St. Peter said of those who twisted the meaning of St. Paul’s letters (2 Pt 3:15,16). What was the protection against this? Not Scripture, but the apostolic Church. United to the Church which has Jesus as its head, one is protected from cunning and deceitful use of Scripture. In addition, one is protected from being deceived as to what Scripture is because the apostolic Church both witnesses to us that Scripture exists and tells us what constitutes Scripture
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Lionel, you have a sacramental view of salvation, and it is not the true way to Jesus Christ.  The death of Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus offered his blood and died on the tree as a payment for the sins of the world ONE TIME ONLY.  The Bible teaches that this sacrifice cannot be repeated. "For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Hebrews 10:14).  You are absolutely correct if you quote verse 14 of Hebrews 10 "With one sacrifice, then, He has made perfect for ever those who are purified from sin"  I do not recall Him saying you must forget about it, what i do recall is He said at the Last Supper is (Luke 22:19)"Do this in memory of Me"  He wants us to remember it so that we will stop commiting sins and what a better way to remember it by consecrating the bread and wine to become His body and blood.  This is what he wants He tells us in so many words.   

 

In John 6:53 through 58 Jesus is speaking about spiritual life and spiritual bread.  He explained over and over to the Apostles that the work of the living Father is to believe on Him and they continued to seek physical bread, rather than spiritual bread. When Jesus said, in verse 55, “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed”, many were offended, thinking of cannibalism…and were still using their understanding in the physical realm.  The Apostles left because they did not believe the claims that Jesus made – and because of this “unbelief” they could not understand what He was saying.  The Apostels did not leave Jesus.  There is a difference between His disciples and His Apostels.  His Apostels are the ones elected by Him after He went up a hill and prayed the whole night to GOD and when day came he called all His disciples (which is all his followers) to Him and only choose twelve of them which was then called His Apostels.  See Luke 6:12-16  So the ones who left Him after they said His teaching is to hard was not his Apostels as you said but his followers.  See John 6:66-69 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Cor. 2:14).  Jesus knew His disciples murmured at the things He said - …”he said unto them, Doth this offend you?...”It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (verse 61, 63).  Jesus did not say that He is referring to Spiritual bread, if one interpret it correctly Jesus is saying that God's Life-Giving Spirit is received when one is physically eating his body and blood by eating real food and drink after it is consecrated in the way Jesus taught us at the Last Supper. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME  

 

The Roman Catholic religion purposely leaves out verses 63-64 when claiming that John 6 is about the eucharist.  You will NEVER find the word “eucharist” in the Bible, the Word of God.  The bread god did not die for you or me and it cannot give you eternal life, only the real Jesus Christ Who loves all men and died ONCE that all might have eternal life.  By faith I connect with the sacrifice of Christ, NOT by a man-made ceremony of the RCC.  The Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation is NOT biblical.  Jesus Christ is the Bead of Life.  Our faith is like that of Abraham (the Father of our Faith) and Mary the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ when she said "be it done unto me according to Thy Word".  We believe when we pray that God change this normal bread into the body of His Son Jesus Christ and ordinary wine into the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.  We believe everything is possible with GOD and we believe that He has sent His only Son to teach this, John 6 is indeed the Eucharist. 

 

“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more.” (Romans 6:9)

 

In Jesus Christ alone,

Raymond

 

Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ leads all to her Son who lives and reign with the Father and the Spirit in heaven. Pray one hail Mary a day and I promise she will not leave you unaided.  May the Holy Spirit fill you and teach you to stand in faith on the Word of GOD

 

GOD's richest blessings

Lionel


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SUBJECT:
    Sorry to bother you again...


FROM:    William

 

Hi, brother Ray,
Even though I read what you wrote to me last time, I am still plagued by feelings of revenge against the person who did me wrong, I know how one just has to let the thing go, but I have tried and I am still plotting what would be the perfect, most painful method of getting even with this person.  Sometimes I wish I knew how to install explosives in their car, so when they turn the ignition... but I don't and i don't think i could do it, somehow I guess you get the picture, I want revenge, I see God doesn't level things and lets people like those get away with their bad deeds, I know brother, I am evil, I need prayer, maybe that will take away these feelings of revenge from me and grant me some peace and happiness for once.
Maybe God hears you better,
Bye.

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello William: 

 

Whether you could do it or not, the thought is in your heart and you have committed sin against the Lord, as well as your neighbor.  I tell you this because I love you, and in the hope that you will believe the Word.  I do not judge your soul, that is up to the Lord 

 

William, as long as you continue to ponder thoughts of revenge, you are being indifferent to the Lord’s will, and these thoughts will have an adverse affect on your walk with Christ.

 

Who is the source of evil thoughts?  Satan!  He is clever and will tempt us to return to the darkness and slavery of sin from which we escaped from when we were saved.  Satan gives us thoughts, but if we continue in these thoughts, plotting out our revenge, it is sin.  That is why we must put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11) and we are to resist the evil one (James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:9). 

 

Just as Paul warned the Christians in Galatia, so I warn you – “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”  (Gal. 5:16-17) and please continue to read: “now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal. 19-21).  Then William, read the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 22-26).  These are the fruits of a Christian.  Now, listen further to what the Word tells us:

 

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)  Yes, we have all sinned, and we must take responsibility for controlling our own behavior.  If any of us thinks we are better than another person that we consider to be a sinner, then we are guilty of the sin of self-righteousness. (Matthew 7:1-5)  Jesus tells us that there is no place for hatred, revenge, holding a grudge, retaliation or getting even (Matthew 5:38-40) – Jesus knew that these things would only escalate hate and hostilities.  That is why Jesus said“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15).  The Lord is merciful and forgives us our sins and failings.  We must also be merciful and forgive others who have sinned against us or done us harm.  As long as we live, it is never too late to repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness – as Jesus said:  “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”(Luke 15:7) The Lord does require our sincere repentance from the heart to turn away from sin, and, we also must be willing to forgive others who sin against us.  But, if we ask for forgiveness with the INTENTION of CONTINUING in the same sin to do harm to another soul over and over, we have not truly repented in our heart.

 

William, here is another thing – we should never try to rationalize in our own mind, because rationalization is another form of self deception by which we sometimes convince ourselves that our sinful actions are justified in order to achieve a result, but rather this is nothing more than another form of dishonesty and self-righteousness (all sin).  (Gal. 6:7-8; James 1:26; 1 John 1:8).  Paul knew that by our rationalizing in our own thoughts it would affect our behavior, therefore he tells us: “…put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:13-14).

 

Now, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10).  This is because a saved person believes in Christ – he has a new nature which convicts him of any sin in his life, therefore confessing his sins with a repentant heart.  But, if a Christian sins and does not confess it, the Lord will chasten him.  This is why we are told in the New Testament to come freely and boldly to the throne – “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin, Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16).  The Lord is there for us always, and through His Spirit we must re-examine ourselves daily so not to offend Him.  How I hate my sin and hate above all, the things that cause me to offend my Lord.  But, the chastening and His stern rebukes I welcome because He disciplines me for my own good.

 

William, there are going to be many times that you are going to have to live NOT by feelings, but by faith.  And, yes, I can pray, but only for strength for your walk, because I cannot pray away your feelings of revenge, or repent for you, that is up to you to confess and repent with a sincere heart, seeking the Lord’s forgiveness.  He’s there for you, always, but it’s up to you to come boldly to the throne of grace.  The Scriptures show us what will control our feelings: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Always remember what Paul has taught us: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  (Philippians 4:13) 

 

“…thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” After saying this, Jesus continues, “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31.

 

William, I love you in Christ, therefore I’m here for you, but it’s now up to you to follow the Word, living Jesus Christ daily.  You can do this through Christ Who strengthens you by His Spirit.  He is there for you and will not leave you.  Amen!

 

In Jesus Christ,
Raymond


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SUBJECT:
    thank you for being a true servant of Jesus

FROM:    Frankie

 

Happy New Year too. Check out when you have time www.signsinthesun.com
... Today' News is a good read, and 10 Reasons why we are the last
Generation. God bless you and yours in the days ahead
 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Frankie:

 

May you also have a happy new year - I'll be sure to check out the web-site. 

 

Thanks for writing!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 
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SUBJECT:   catholics

FROM:     JAY O.

 

I accidently ran into your site the one about the lies of the catholic church.Now that you have learned that go further in your research then you will find all of christianity is a lie including that the Jesus of the N.T.was developed by the Roman Empire off of earlier Sun god(mainly off of Mithra)myths,fables and tales.Jesus is a Sun God not a son of god.Most of you do not want to go that far you want to cling to your theory of the christian religion.
If you really look into the claims of christianity when they claim there is proof from early writtings of a historical jesus outside the N.T.you find that forgery was used in these writtings so it would look like jesus was a real person.Josephus for example.Over 40 historians and philosophers lived and wrote during and immediately after the supposed time of jesus not one mentions a crucifixtion,resurrection or a miracle worker.You claim you spent over 40 years in the catholic religion and i do not know how many years you have spent since then in other christian beliefs but you are wrong about it also you need to research some more with an open mind not influenced by bible mind control,then you'll see the whole christian myth unravel.For 2000 years incl.jesus and paul every generation has claimed their generation was the end time,still jesus has not returned and he never will because jesus is a mythical sun god bestowed upon you by the Roman Empire and Roman catholic church.
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RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Jay:

 

Thank you for writing!  I will say that most pagans, atheists, agnostics, humanists and infidels, believe as you do, denying that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, mainly because they do not even believe in God. 

 

Sir, I am not in religion and my beliefs are not theory, ONLY in your mind.  Any man who follows the pagan beliefs of Mithraism and/or some other form of Mystical religion, witchcraft or even man’s philosophy, have been deceived.

 

I shall keep my biblical beliefs, thank you!  The created can never usurp the authority of the Creator.  Man’s only hope is in Jesus Christ, the Creator who died for our sins.  I am “…speaking the truth in love…” (Ephesians 4:15). 

 

In Jesus Christ, 

Raymond

 

JAY'S RESPONSE AS FOLLOWS:

 

Dear Raymond,
After sending you the email i believe i saw on your site that you are in your 70's i am 68 years old.Also i wanted you to know that i believed i was a christian for 32 years,but after retiring i decided to do my own research into christianity and other religions of the world,after over 4 years of research sometime 8 and 10 hour days is when i finally had to give up all the worlds religions incl.christianity came out of ancient myths,fables and tales about Sun gods,solar gods and agriculture gods.You have me figured wrong i am not pagan,atheist,humanist,infidel,but probably agnostic because of the proof i uncovered.
I have the same belief as the first 6 presidents of this country,they were Deist by belief they believed in a Creator god or Providence god that is the god they used and meant in the constitution and in their writtings,never did they mean the god of the bible.Here are some of their quotes:T.Jefferson said(quote)I have examined all the known superstitions of the world(i have too)and i do not find in our particular superstition of christianity one redeeming feature.They are all alike founded on fables  and mythology(unquote)there is more to that quote but you can find the rest if you want.
John Adams and the whole legislative body signed the Treaty of Tripoli in it,it states(quote)The Government of the U.S.is not in any sense founded on the christian religion(unquote)i could quote much more from all of them,like them i believe in a creator god but certainly not in the killer,jealous,lying sun god myth of the bible.So you see that destroys the quip you made(quote)The created can never usurp the authority of the Creator(unquote).You say also man's only hope is in jesus christ the creator who died for our sins,you will be waiting as they say, for a cold day in hell before the jesus Sun god returns for no doubt he is a mythical sun god developed by the Roman Empire and later by the Roman Catholic church.The first 6 presidents of this country had no use or no good thing to say about christianity, that's one reason for the separation of church and state,like them i have no use for christianity anymore it has lied like a dog for 2000 years,the early presidents saw through these myths and so do i after wasting 32 years of my life in biblical and minister mind control.
                                                    JAY O.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE TO JAY:

 

Hello Jay:

 

I see there are not many years difference in our age ( I’ll be 76 in April), but there’s day and night difference in our beliefs.

 

Yes, perhaps you once believed you were a Christian, but there is a big difference in knowing and believing in the true Christ compared to having to, as you said, “give up all the world religions including christianity”.   One thing you are correct in doing is giving up all “world religions” – which are used of Satan for control. Jay, it’s not much different with all the governments of the world today, because both government and religion are alike, neither having the true Jesus Christ of the Word.  They have made up their “own saviour” and their “own gods” – all of which is carnal and of the flesh, meaning: they all come under one realm with Satan at the head.

 

Jay, true Christianity is not and never has been ”religions of men”.  All religions believe they are Christian, but are not.  How could they be when each one has a different god and a different jesus?  Most all religions profess their belief in God and many say they believe in Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t make them Christians.  If you have been studying all the religions of the world, you could probably name a couple hundred right off, but know that most have a different “god” and “jesus” but not the true God and Jesus (the Word) of the Bible. 

 

Having not figured you wrong, I didn’t say you were these things, but I did say: “that most pagans, atheists, agnostics, humanists and infidels, believe as you do, denying that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God”.  I understand fully how a deist believes – some believe in a god, a god by their own making.  “Deism is a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe.”  Definition from:

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=Deism&x=17&y=15

 

Yes, whether they believe in a creator god or providence god – these are gods of men who make them into whatever they want, and for their own purposes.  These are the same “gods” used by the founders of this country.  Our 2nd President, John Adams, rejected the Tri-unity of God – and yes, he later became a Unitarian.  During Adam’s term of Presidency, the Senate ratified that Treaty of Peace and Friendship of Tripoli in 1797 with the Muslim rulers of North Africa.  It became the Law of the U.S., lasting 8 years only and no longer has any legal status in this country, but most assuredly represented the feelings of the 1st Founders of our government, and being an instrument of the Constitution, it clearly stated this Country’s non-Christian foundation of government.  Read the treaty, especially Article 11 of the treaty: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/barbary/bar1796t.htm

 

I never believed that these United States were founded on the true Christianity of the Bible, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  The many religions of men, or, the men of many religions believe that this country was founded on Christianity.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The myths you speak of are of Satan, and it’s good to deny them.  Jesus Christ is not a sun god.  He is the Creator of this universe and He shall judge each and everyone, regardless of what you or anyone else believes.  Jesus Christ came to save, restore, and renew life.  Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 3;16-18; 8:44; 10:10).

 

Each has to be convinced in their own mind as to what they believe.  I accept my beliefs on faith, something a deist could never do.  I do not try to shove it down anyone’s throat (in love I would not do that) as people do not have to read my web page, just as I would have a choice whether to read or not read theirs.

 

Sir, regarding mind control – your mind is being controlled, whether you buy it or not, by Satan.  Forget the minister control, that’s programism and leads to hell.  Religion does not mix with Biblical doctrine.  You read the Bible for 32 years, but you didn’t read it with an open heart, nor did you believe it.  You couldn't discern the Scripture, not even for 32 years!  Even if you had memorized the Scripture verses, it would be worthless unless you had understanding, and you can only get understanding when you are led by the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, what you need is Holy Spirit mind control! 

 

I believe in Jesus Christ who is the only begotten Son of God.  I know that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  I repented of my sins and received Jesus Christ as my ONLY hope of salvation by FAITH (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3).  You also can call on Jesus Christ NOW to be YOUR Lord and Saviour.  It’s never too late while it is yet today.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 
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SUBJECT:    Hello Pastor

FROM:      Bishop Simon

 

Hello Pastor,

Greetings in Jesus Name! it was long before we did not read anything from you and pray you did not take offense at our last mail to you! We are always in prayer for you and will continue to look forward to reading from you daily!

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello, dear friend in Christ:

 

I pray all is well with you!  We hear that there was a 7.5 earthquake in Mozambique today, on Feb. 23rd, and neighboring countries on the East African rift system early Thursday.  I’m not sure how close this area is to you and family, perhaps hundreds of miles? 

 

Please be assured that I could never take offense at your mail and am relieved that you wrote and am strengthened by your thoughts and prayers.  I thank you for your concern.

 

You know my web page (http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html) is available to you for reading or running off articles for the faithful in Christ.  You and I have the Lord’s reason for being where we are, to help and encourage the people, even though we are miles apart.  The Holy Spirit has placed a love and concern in our hearts for the people who also love Jesus.  The Lord did not leave us alone – He sent the Holy Spirit to us who strengthens, comforts, encourages and teaches, just as Jesus Christ promised us. 

 

May we continue being led by Christ through His Spirit and not by this world.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and without Him there is nothing.  I know that the secret of your inner strength is that Jesus Christ has taken a permanent dwelling within your heart and you are more than willing to declare His good news in the corner of the world where you live, just as I have the same desire in the corner of the world where I live.  We shall remain His servants, being good soldiers of Christ, struggling and working hard that the love of Christ, the grace of the Father, and the strength of the Holy Spirit may succeed. 

 

Brother, be strengthened by His Spirit in the love of Christ so that when we see Jesus Christ face to face, we shall rejoice together with all who belong to the Lord, HIS CHURCH, the believers of Jesus Christ.  Keeping the faith with you, always…

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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JANUARY 2006

 

SUBJECT:   Sir, you need help

FROM:       William G.

 

    I'm a Methodist.   You, sir, are one sick man.   You are a classic example of the dark side of the legacy of the protestant reformation of the 16th century - excessive seperatism among christians.   The Reformation was a good thing for Christianity at the time it occurred.  But it totally detroyed any sense of Christian unity; the commonality all christians have as followers of Jesus Christ.   Protestant christianity emerged from the Christian Church of Rome, or, as it came to be known during the reformation,  the Roman Catholic Church. 

 

   Once,  back in 1960 (I was 15 years old then), I overheard  a Presbyterian say to a Baptist,   "Well, lets face it, us protestants are really just a bunch of disgruntled catholics".

 

   Then, there was good old Pat Butram, the movie actor and sidekick of cowboy star Gene Autry.  Old Pat grew up Baptist in Alabama,  joined the Episcopal church in his older years.   Once,  giving a speech for a christian ecumenical organization,  Pat said,  "We Episcopals are really what  you'd call  'Off-Broadway Catholics; its all about Jesus Christ' ".

  

    You're right about one thing It was not religious differences that caused the Reformation.  It was, at that time,  the calamitous decline in the character of the Christian Papacy.  The popes became far too involved in the political events of monarchial Europe (a.k.a the State) and that excessive involvement of church with state corrupted a series of popes (a.k.a. pontiffs) in the late middle ages.

 

    If you ever read the ninety-five thesis of Martin Luther (Oct.,1517)  you'll see that Father Martin's main polemic (argument) was with the papacy; nothing more. 

 

   I grew up catholic and have been going to a methodist church for 14 years.  My wife and I still visit a catholic church now and then.  In terms of basic christian spirituality, I've encountered nothing new in the methodist church.   Its all about Jesus Christ.   

 

   Dominus vobiscum.

  William G


Hello William:

 

Oh, yes, you can call me sick, if that is what being in love with Jesus Christ is. I am sick in love with my Creator, Jesus Christ!

 

I am a protester against any pagan religion, Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran and all who follow after. 

 

When speaking of the Protestant Reformation and, as you said, ‘excessive separatism among Christians’ - we see more and more religions like the Lutherans and Methodists, etc., jumping back into bed with the false religion of Roman Catholicism, declaring the Reformation started by Martin Luther, to have been a big mistake!  And, now, they are coming together once again!  Actually, they haven’t been removed that far away from Rome to begin with, and to this day agree with her teachings, at least most of them. 

 

Luther's theology of the cross was a protest against the "cheap grace" of A commercialized religion (of which he was a monk), including papal magisterium, church dogma, canonists, and allegorists, this all was a leading target of Luther's "Reformation Treatises" of 1520. In 1519 he had denied the infallibility of general councils because he came to believe that salvation was justification by God's grace in Christ alone received by faith alone.  Yet, even under his heart belief, HE ALSO ADDED “works” to the Lutheran religion, just as the Catholics had done.  Lutheranism, Catholicism and many other religions are based on works and sacramental systems which assume salvation for those who receive their churches sacraments.

 

Perhaps you forget the abominable acts carried out in the name of God or religion, and not only during the Protestant Reformation, but the Crusades and the Inquisition.  In judging the value of the Reformation to TRUE Christianity, the Protestants persecuted and murdered thousands of Bible believing Christians because the Bible believers would not accept the false doctrines the Protestants brought with them from Roman Catholicism.

 

Do you believe that all strands of religious Christianity are equal?  In other words, you do not differentiate, for example, between different dogmas of Catholicism and Methodism?  I know that the Roman Catholic church has been teaching a salvation by works and through persons other than Jesus Christ alone for over 1000 years.  The majority of Protestant churches have now joined with Roman Catholics in departing from the TRUTH of the Gospel.  They have become members of the World Council of Churches, of which the Methodist religion is a member, admitting that “Ecumenism exists by holding contradictions together.”  All these many religions of men will soon bow down before the World Council of churches, coming together as ONE united under the False Prophet.  Time is short and these things are now happening.  This is why I remind all Bible believers that such unity is not TRUE Biblical unity – it is an open disobedience to the Word of God – “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 9-11.

 

William, I was Catholic and had studied the religion as a Holy Cross brother of Notre Dame under the Jesuits.  It took many years for me to cast aside all the tradition I had been taught as a young man, along with the catechism and creeds I believed as truth, but I knew that I would find out the real truth and began studying the New Testament of the King James Authorized Bible – I had to know the truth – the real Jesus Christ who died for me, you and all men.  After much study I learned the truth through understanding and knowledge given me by the Holy Spirit (as He gives to all who seek), that the Bible was my final authority in practice and doctrine.  I’m certainly no ones final authority, nor is any other man the final authority, but the Word of God by His Spirit is our final authority.  Either the Bible is the Word of God or we have no other place to turn but to idolatry, as all religions of men have turned to today.

 

I know how easy it is for you to join in with Catholics (as you were one), even though you are Methodist now – their beliefs are very similar, and yes you are right many believe that they came out of the Roman Catholic religion – and they did.  These religions still carry over sprinkling for baptism and infant baptism along with the communion sacrament – of which the word “sacraments” are not found in the Bible.

 

William, I would pray that all men be saved and be in heaven with Jesus for all eternity, but they will not. There are no Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Jews, Budhists, Muslims, or any other religion or cult in heaven.  All in heaven are of Jesus Christ, NOT of religion or politics.  Those in heaven knew Jesus Christ as their Saviour and believed on Him, knowing that He died and was resurrected for them and they repented of their sin.  These are his followers!

 

Jesus promised His followers a place in God’s heaven, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3. Jesus also will say to the damned, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41.  I also know that the Methodists do not believe in the devil and his angels, but there it is, plain and simple.  The Word says it all!  Believe it or not!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    Your Lies

FROM:        Dorian Z.

 

 

Hello Dorian:  Thank you for writing!  My answer will be in blue as follows:

You said:

Yet, Catholicism, even though they teach that Jesus Christ is God (as do many others), they, nevertheless, do not believe that Jesus Christ’s death paid the full penalty for sin according to the Word of God; i.e., they believe that those who qualify for heaven must follow through with their tradition, sacraments and still spend time in purgatory to atone for sins they committed on earth.

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No we don't, you don't have to do our traditions to go to Heaven, God did NOT come and tell us what to do so therefore you don't have to do it. I am Catholic and proud wanting to become a priest. i am 13 years of age.


Dorian, a Catholic’s redemption (going to heaven), according to the RCC, is always dependent upon their maintaining faithfulness to the Roman Catholic doctrine and practice.  The Catholic church teaches that a person must be baptized to be saved.  This is adding works to the atoning death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.  If you so much as add one ounce of your good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross and trust in them as some sort of cooperation with God's grace, you in fact believe in another gospel – “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  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 1:6-9. 

According to the Catholic church catechism:                

Sacred Tradition of the Catholic church (CCC 75–83) - There are two ways that the Roman Catholic church teaches the Trinity, infant baptism, the inerrancy of the Bible, purgatory, and Mary’s perpetual virginity, (1) most clearly taught through Tradition, although they are also implicitly present in (and not contrary to) (2) the Bible.

The above statement in green is taught by the RCC and is in error!  You should read about your “tradition”, as the Catholic Church always refers to the Sacred Scriptures themselves as a part of its Sacred Tradition (CCC 75-83) and teaches that the Catholic understanding of Scripture is based only on the teaching of the Catholic church, not anyone’s private interpretation (CCC 84-95).  Therefore, Dorian, you cannot read the Scripture and understand what it is saying without the Catholic church telling you what it says.  That is why the RCC is in error.  It is the Holy Spirit who teaches each individual, if their heart is open to the truth, giving us understanding of the Scripture – “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” I Corinthians 2:13.


Let's see what Jesus says about man's tradition according to His Word: “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?... ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  Ye hypocrites…”  (Matthew 15:3, 6, 7).  “Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?  He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  For laying aside the commandment of god, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition….Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”      (Mark 7:5-9, 13)


The Catholic church has added teachings (their Sacred Tradition) that are not found consistent with biblical revelation.  It is because the RCC places a great amount of emphasis on Sacred Tradition and many Catholics appeal to the authority of the RCC, thus leaving the Word of God 2nd after the Catholic church itself in relation to authority.
 

Purgatory- to let you know. Most Christian religions believe to go to Heaven you must be baptized as a Christian. Purgatory to us, is a place where un-baptized persons go to. Think about it, if baptized and un-baptized persons will go to heaven then what would be the point of getting baptized.


Christians believe: their justification is by faith alone (Romans 3:28)  and true Christians do NOT need to be baptized in order to go to heaven, they believe, as I do, on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for their sins, seeking His forgiveness which assures the redeemed sinners that their sins have all been paid in Christ.  Christians also believe that Purgatory does not exist, even the word “purgatory” and concept are not found in the Bible.  The “blood of Jesus Christ” is our cleansing and purification for sins on the cross – “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” Hebrews 1:3.


Catholics believe: their initial justification is by means of Baptism (CCC 1262-1274), and that Purgatory is necessary to atone for sin and cleanse the soul, as the (CCC 1030-1031) so teaches: "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification..." (Catechism p.268, para #1030, 1031).

 

These teachings of Purgatory all stem from the Roman Catholic Church's belief in a “works” salvation. In believing in the teachings of a Purgatory, then according to the Roman Catholic church, you must pay for your own sins, yet not all of them, only those which Christ failed to pay for.  So goes the false teachings of the RCC.

The Bible, the Word of God teaches: In great contrast, the Bible speaks of those who are truly saved in the following manner,  " For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14). Here, the Word of God tells us that through the sacrifice of Christ on the tree, believers are " perfected forever".  If you fail to accept God's way of salvation and go the way of the Roman Catholic Church you will certainly at the time of your death still be found, "...imperfectly purified..." as well as failing "... to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." A truly "saved" person is said to be "perfected forever", not requiring in any way a "Purgatory" to perfect them.   There is no Purgatory!


A religion is a way of worshiping God, you are making a sin calling us cults with not the proper facts. The pope is not closer to God then me. We use popes as a president, or in your eyes a priest. We feel that we need a leader. Imagine the American president gone and no leaders, would America be better...NO.

Dorian, how many years have you studied the Bible and about religions of men – you have only been on this earth for 13 years?  You are just beginning!  You do not know what true religion is, you only know the false way of Catholicism.  I believe you have a great desire to study, but I pray your desire will lead you into the truth of His Word.  I too had a desire to be a priest – went to Notre Dame and studied under the Jesuits as a Holy Cross brother.  I became disillusioned by their teachings and came out from them – and it wasn’t until many years later, after much studying, I finally knew the truth and gave my life to Jesus Christ, accepting Him as my Saviour, leaving the false religion and its lies behind which kept me in bondage to deception by perverting God’s truth and grace.  Any religion of man that teaches its followers that salvation is obtained through human effort and merit is nullifying the grace of God.  The Word says: “…if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.  But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6).

Jesus said:   “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” John 4:24.  God will not accept anyone’s worship based on a lie.  Jesus Christ left the Christian a Teacher – one who will teach, guide and strengthen – the Holy Spirit (NOT the pope).

Dorian, do not believe for a minute that YOU use the pope as a president because the pope himself claims that he not only has spiritual control over the whole world (including you) but that he has temporal sovereignty, meaning that he is over everyone – the President of the United States, Prime Minister of England, Prime Minister Sharon of Israel, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – the Pope believes he is everybody’s head.  I know how you use popes – I was Catholic too.

Dorian, always keep an open mind to the things of the Lord, then by reading and studying the Scripture and allowing it to interpret itself (2 Peter 1:20), ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth, and He will if your heart is open to the truth.  He will show you all things.


The Catholic religion has done to much for other peoples.

Pope John Paul II- apologized to all religions for Crusades and wars the Catholic Church started.
Pope (forgot his name)- perfected the calendar you use today, you must be pretty STUPID if you use the calendar and talk trash about my religion.
Pope Leo (forgot which one)- saved Italy from Attila's Hun forces.


Yes, the Catholic religion has done much to other peoples – and, yes, it is true that Pope John Paul II has apologized for the "silence" of Pope Pius XII during the holocaust, he has also defended Pius XII as a "great pope" and there was talk of beatification of Pius XII until Israel's ambassador to the Vatican urged the Pontiff to wait 50 years before moving ahead with any plan to beatify this man. 

On March 12, 2000 John Paul II publicly asked forgiveness for past and present sins of Catholics throughout the ages, but never once for the sins of the Roman Catholic Church itself that had committed these atrocities over the years.  You should read and study the Council of Trent, as I believe you are a bright young man and you’ll be able to see that the truth is that the teachings of the Council of Trent made the Inquisition & Holocaust possible.

As for the calendar: The Julius Caesar calendar, known as the Julian calendar, was reformed in 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII commissioned a study to decide how to correct the Julian calendar which was accused of time drifting into the future.  The Gregorian calendar became our modern Western calendar which was first introduced in Europe in 1582.  The English did not adopt this calendar until 1751 and Greece did not convert to this calendar until 1923.  Now, not everyone uses this Calendar, as there are other religiously based calendars which differ from the Gregorian: Eastern Orthodox use the Julian calendar, there is the Jewish calendar, the Islamic, Hindu, Sikh, Baha’i calendar, etc.  My using the Gregorian calendar has nothing to do with your religion or what I say. 

According to legend, Pope Leo I met Attila in northern Italy and overwhelmed him with a show of sacramental robes – also, legend has it that Saints Peter and Paul came in person to Attila and threatened him with death if he ignored the pope.  It is said that Rome was saved.  This is also known as the “Southern” version of the story which came out of the Byzantine (Orthodox) and Roman Catholic history.  The other story about Attila the Hun is derived from the “Northern” tales out of Germany.  There have never been proven facts on either of these stories, both are legend.


Beat that. Oh yeah. You are rude to talk trash. Go to http://www.religion-cults.com/  find yours. :-)

There is nothing but religions and cults of men on this page you recommend – my religion could not be found, because mine follows The Word.


THINK REALLY HARD
Did God tell you your religion was right or that mine was a cult?

My relgion is not right there is no right religion.

Sincerley,
Dorian Z
 

No religion or denomination is right, and there are NO religions in heaven, not Catholic, Baptist, Jewish, Protestant or any other – and the Word tells us what Religion is: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27),  “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5), “God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), and the greatest is this:  “…to love him [Jesus] with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” – and to this Jesus replied: “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.”(Mark 12:33, 34).  Dorian, this is pure religion, nothing added. 

I will leave you with this – “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of thy great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:11-14) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).  No man can be saved without Jesus Christ.  Dorian, Jesus is coming soon, very soon.  Study and search His Word, seek and accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and leave religion behind.  You are at an age where you will give an account of yourself to your Creator.  No person can stand before the Creator and proclaim that he/she was a religious person and followed his or hers religion’s doctrine, Sacred Tradition and sacraments.  Jesus will say to them: “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.  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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

DORIAN'S ANSWER TO RAYMOND:

 

Did God tell you my religion was a cult?
If not, it's your sin.

Sincerley,
Dorian Z

 

RAYMOND'S ANSWER TO DORIAN:

 

Hello Dorian:


God has given His written Word to every man, woman, and child for our own personal study and instruction of which the Holy Spirit guides and teaches us all things. It is by the Word of God that we test what is true and false. It is by the Word of God that false teachings such as that of Roman Catholicism are exposed. The Bible itself admonishes us, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1).


Dorian, it is essential to understand that two basic false teachings of Roman Catholicism (even apart from its many other errors), clearly classify it as a false cult rather than a true church. These two basic errors are:  (1)  Roman Catholicism, although teaching that the Bible is the Word of God (but, not all), adds the apocryphal books to the Scriptures, and also elevates church tradition and the edicts of popes and councils (the words of men), to the same or an even greater level of authority than the Word of God. The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church has also published a teaching document instructing their members that some parts of the Bible are not actually true (The Times, Oct. 5, 2005)  This amounts to adding to and taking from the Word of God, thereby placing Roman Catholicism under God's curse.  The Bible is quite clear “not to add to, or take away from its words” (Read Revelation 22:18-19) It’s tragic that so many place more faith in their church’s doctrine and tradition, than they do the Word of God.  Jesus Christ is not about religion, but love. (2) Roman Catholicism, although teaching that faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation, actually denies the truth of the Gospel by adding sacraments, good works, and purgatory as additional requirements for forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. This amounts to the preaching of a false Gospel which places the Roman Catholic Church under God's curse – “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  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 accurses.  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.  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10.


Therefore, Dorian, God’s Word, according to His Scriptural standards, the Roman Catholic Church is a false church/cult that can only expect God's judgment, not a true church that can claim God's blessing. No amount of outward change should be permitted to obscure this fact.


Thus, to answer your question again, God speaks today through His Word – the WRITTEN WORD, and God has preserved for us His written Word in the King James Authorized Bible.  Acts 17:11 says: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY, WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO.”  Without the written Word of God and His Holy Spirit, how could we possible know when someone is telling us truth or telling us un-truth?  Therefore, there is no sin involved in telling you (according to God’s written Word by which He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit-if you can understand this) your religion is a cult.

God does speak to all men – through His Word – if only they were listening.


God gave you a brain that is more marvelous than anything imaginable. I pray that you use it. And, Dorian, do not forget, the road to destruction is often paved with good intentions…think for yourself!


In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:   thanx
FROM:   Russ

 

A few months ago i found out i had a demon in me from hypnosis that i read in rebecca's  brown book he came to set the captives free.  In the name of jesus christ he had to leave. 
God bless you

 

 

Hello Russ:

 

Thank you for writing!  Hypnosis can certainly bring in demons – please remember this, it was not because you read Rebecca Brown’s book “He Came to Set the Captives Free” that you were set free.    

 

Jesus Christ ONLY can set you free!  JESUS CHRIST IS THE DELIVERER!  If you know Him as your Saviour, He is there for you always.  Anyone who has NOT accepted Jesus, and is not born again, will continue to have problems.  They should accept Jesus Christ as Saviour by inviting Him into their heart, then know Him and live Him everyday of their life, studying to show themselves approved by reading His Word (King James Authorized Bible).  Once they have Christ in their heart and have repented of sin, the Holy Spirit will guide and teach them in all truth of His Word.  

 

Now, if you know Jesus, the best way to combat Satan and his demons is the way Jesus showed us and that was to quote Scripture because the old devil cannot handle the Word of the Living God, as even when Jesus was tempted by Satan, Jesus answered him with Scripture in Matthew 4-11.  I quote from Revelations 20:10 – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”  Satan knows Scripture and I’m sure he hates that one – but I say it to him anyway.

 

The most important thing for you to remember is to know Jesus as your Saviour and remember who you are fighting, not people, but the demonic influence that comes from people who are being used of Satan.  Even books you read could be used by Satan.  Always be prepared, puting on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).  Stay in His Word.

 

Russ, as you know, we are in a daily battle with the forces of evil in this world and Satan knows his time is short.  He will attack any and all, but when we know the Word (Jesus) we have power through the equipment He has given us, His whole armour, His Word. 

 

Thanks for writing again!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:  Regarding websote

FROM:      Deirdre

Dear Raymond,


Thank you for your kind words.  I was encouraged on your website to know that you and your wife are in you older years.  It is always refreshing for me to find out about folks like you all who are sold out for Jesus.  That fire is always encouraging.


My husband and I came out of church because: we had been to every denomination, including a home church, were sick of the denomination rules and regulations, sick of the preaching and sick of the apparent lack of discernment of the signs of the times.  I personally have had to deal with my emotions on many issues.  I have prayed and I hope that I do not have a negative spirit about me.  But I think what it is, is that I am learning that if one speaks the truth (gospel), it is not well received.  I guess I was most disappointed when we met this couple who belonged to a home church and they seemed to be really serious about the Lord.  And I think they are to an extent, but there was a weirdness to the group.  They preached that institutional churches were not in a good state (which I agree) and that most people don’t accept the truth of Jesus as Lord.  They seemed to have a nice fellowship and yet what I discovered was that if I was not in complete agreement with them, I would not be in fellowship with them.  My husband is a believer and he felt very strongly that there was something amiss.   But because I was lonely and wanted ‘friends’ I kept pursuing the group.


They started to tell me that my husband was not ‘walking’ with the Lord and that I had made him an idol.  I will tell you, I know way better than that!  So, at one point I asked one of the gals why every woman in the group used the birth control pill. (According to the PDR physicians desk reference, which every doctor has, the birth control pill can act like an abortifaciant because the hormones actually change the chemistry in the uterine lining, causing a fertilized egg to be expelled.  The uterus simply does not recognize the embryo as anything.) What I was told in response to this question was that that was a heart matter for the people in the group to pray about, and yet I was ousted because I did not agree with them.  You can’t say you love truth and want it, and when someone gives it to you, you dismiss it.    Hmmm.  The group was border line cult like.  They always referred to one man who seemed to ‘know it all’.  As much as I wanted to believe the spirit of the Lord was with this group, I simply could not ignore the icky feeling in my heart.  Plus I have come to trust that my husband is submitted to the Lord, desires to walk in obedience to Him and that if he feels something is not right or makes a final decision on something I can rest in his authority and that of the Lords.  That was a year ago.  Just recently a gal I have known for 15 years, dumped me like a hot rock.  My husband is convinced it was because I had shared some truths from scripture with her. (The gal is more concerned about money than anything else and her children are proof of this idolatry she has, because they all want to leave her!  It is terribly sad.)  This woman professes Christ and yet when I shared scripture with her she became very angry!  I have poured into this woman and am dealing with the pain that her anger towards me has caused.  I have tried to make contact with her, for the purpose of making amends if I indeed did do something wrong, and she will not have any part of me.  This has been like a sudden death and you just don’t know why.    I don’t want to have a martyr complex and I certainly don’t think highly of myself.  I do know how far Jesus had to reach down and pull me out of the pit.  I am not worthy and yet He loves me!  Praise God.  But I think the Lord may be doing a shaking in my life.  There are some things He is just taking out of the way.  The need for fellowship is a big one for me.  If this is a part of suffering for Jesus, telling people the truth and they end up hating you, then I choose Jesus!


Perhaps I have compromised for the sake of fellowship, and have not been forthcoming with people about the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  I have found this anger towards truth to be most evident with Christians.  I am bewildered.   Its not with everyone though.  There was an incident with a friend a few weeks ago and she wanted me to hear the truth and was scared because I might get angry.  Well, it was beautiful. She told me what I needed to hear so I could deal with an issue, I thanked her for being a true friend.  I also had a physical problem recently and thought I would have to go to the doctor alone and our Lord worked it out for my husband to be with me.  So, things are not so terrible, but they are changing and I guess I should be very thankful and rejoice that the Lord doesn’t desire for me to stay in a ‘place’ where I shouldn’t be.  It was hard to leave church at first.  It was wild that no one called us.  We were busy little bee’s at church with all the activities, but we just went unnoticed when we left;  no one called us to see why we weren’t there or what was happening and they still haven’t called.  And as for the little home fellowship, they never called again either ( but that didn’t bother me as much).  After that we tried a couple other churches ( a Sunday here or there), but just felt like it was useless.  And it’s been wild because churchy people will assume that God can’t possibly be working in your life if your not at church.  But I will testify that He indeed does work in our lives and cleanses us from counterfeit Christianity which is of no use to Him.  We feast on the Word at home, sometimes in the car.  We encourage each other with God’s Words and when I come into contact with folks, if we get to talking, I make sure it is God’s Word that has the limelight, because there are too many people that profess Christ and yet what they really are is “church”.  We pray for our children and hope they will come to Jesus as Lord.  We are so close to the end times.  I know our kids have seen our reliance upon the Lord for all things.  The worlds pull is very strong, but our Lord is stronger still!!  I too, long to be with Him in heaven and not  because I want to exit planet earth, but because I want to see face to face my God and my Savior!


Peace,
Deirdre.

 

Hello again Deirdre:


Praise the Lord; you are both born again, trusting the Holy Spirit to teach you all things.  I had to write again to you to encourage you and your husband to continue seeking His truth as you both have been.  You do not have a negative spirit, but what you are finding is that the truth (the Word) is looked on negatively, even by many who call themselves Christian.  Yes, some of these same people cannot discern the signs of the times that Jesus spoke of.  And, if you listen long enough you are able to discern them.  We are living in a day that the Bible speaks of in 2 Timothy 3:1-7.

 

Any group of people who tell you that your husband is not walking with the Lord (when he is) is in error – they should do things according to the Word and go to him, not bringing their accusations to you.  I’m not saying he isn’t walking with the Lord; it’s an example to see that if things are not done according to the Word, it’s wrong.  What you had was a “gossiping group”.  I’m very familiar with that type of home “church” – a fellowship where there is too much said and not enough of Christ.  The Elder will be held responsible for keeping peace in the “body of believers”.

 

Deirdre, I believe you know your place (Biblically speaking) and thank you for resting in your husband’s decisions.  When a man walks with the Lord and he ends up making a wrong decision or a mistake, the Lord will allow that to happen, and the Holy Spirit will correct him if he is wrong.  That is all we can ask.  Sometimes it’s a hard thing to stand corrected or chastised by the Lord at times, yet, when we live the Word it’s far better to be corrected or chastised then to continue making mistakes.  I welcome the Lord’s correction and chastisement by His Spirit.  Amen!

 

As far as the woman who is angry with you and caused you pain, even though she professes Christ, forgive her.  She may never want any part of you – and she may never forgive you for quoting Scripture to her (guilty as she may be) - it’s always one thing to “say” we forgive someone and quite another to actually do it.  Forgiving someone is a state of the “heart”.  If she never wants to talk to you again, you forgive her whether she forgives you or not, and I sincerely believe you already have.  Read Matthew 18:21-35 on forgiveness – sometimes we have difficulty forgiving others and therefore need to remember the teaching of this passage - which believers are to be treated like children in a spiritual sense. We need the same kind of gracious continuing forgiveness that a child does - does my heart good to read it.  I understand quite well when you say you have tried to make amends with her if you indeed did something wrong – yet she won’t have any part of you, and you are feeling like it’s a sudden death and don’t know why.  These things happen, even to Christians, but should not.  The woman should be seeking restoration of her relationship with you whom she is angry with for a reason unknown to you. Forgiveness is a wonderful virtue as you saw in Matthew 18; it is a necessary element of love and meaningful relationships.  Forgiveness tears down the barriers which are built up through sin that separates us from each other because of bitterness and anger.   If she cannot speak the truth in love to you and forgive you for “whatever”, then the heavenly Father shall do also unto her the same.

 

The Lord certainly shakes all of us during our walk – and many times we attempt turning one way but He turns us another way – all for His glory, as you and your husband are both learning.  Praise Him always, for He certainly loves us enough to die for us – He’s our friend, our love and our life.  There are many who write me and have no fellowship with other Christians – just with the Lord.  Of course Norma and I hear from all of them through e-mails and phone calls, as they have become the body of Christ, and are now our family, just as you and your husband are.  We thank the Lord for them daily, as we do you.

 

Deirdre, I found the real life in Christ by His Word, just as you and yours are doing.  I am happy for both of you, and I’m here for you anytime – so is Norma – she chats with all the sisters and brothers.  My communication is mostly in writing as I am doing now because of 4 strokes that have left my speech a little slurry, but praise Him, I can still write by hand, and Norma does my typing and sends my e-mails off. 

Deirdre, just remember this one thing, and it’s important, Satan is really going to be after you as he is all of us in these last days, so be on guard, stay strong in the Lord and do as the Word states: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephes. 6:11-18)

Trust the Holy Spirit and His teachings, for He shall guide you, and never put you in a place where you shouldn’t be.  Counterfeit Christianity is just that – counterfeit!  You will always be learning.  We also have the Alexander Scorby (King James) Bible tapes to listen to in the car.  I, a brother in Christ, am here for you to encourage you both with His Word.  I will always tell you “like it is”, the truth by His Word.  May the Holy Spirit guide both of us in all things.  We will all be together soon in heaven, as the end is very near and things are happening rapidly – wars, rumors of war, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snow storms, famine, and they are happening more and more, and if people can not see that, they should open their Bibles and read Matthew, chapter 24.  These things must happen before the end comes.  We are ready!  May the Lord bless you by His Word – we’re here for you, always.

 

Love in Jesus Christ

your brother Raymond


DEORDRE'S RESPONSE:

 

Dear Raymond and Norma,


God bless you both!  Your letter was very comforting and encouraging.  I did get an opportunity to speak with the woman who was angry with me.  The Holy Spirit let me listen very closely to what she had to say.  I am thankful for the discernment, because it was confirmed to me that this gal has mental issues and they are deep seeded in bitterness and distrust.   After our conversation (we spoke on the phone), I wept for her because I realized her anger doesn’t have so much to do with me as it does a hard heart towards the Lord.  I am still broken for her and am pleading with Jesus for her salvation and her release from bondage.

My sister and I were talking the other day about how we see “but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1Cor 13:12   It seems to me that sometimes the “then” happens now.  The more we seek Him and desire that yadah (intimate) relationship with Him, the more He reveals to us, the more the “veil” is lifted.  I was listening to some music on Napster, looking around.

They have everything from Miles Davis to Jessye Norman to Keith Green.  Well I had tuned in a couple songs I had listened to growing up before I was a believer and it seemed to me like I was listening to ghost music (some of the rock and roll songs).  Paul said he pressed on to what was ahead of him and didn’t look back.   And I sensed that the Holy Spirit asked me ‘if Jesus returned now, do you want Him to find you listening to old songs from an old past that wasn’t glorifying to Him’?  And immediately I went to search for music that praises Him and downloaded several songs from Handel’s Messiah to 2Chapter of Acts.  The family loves what I selected and I am walking in peace.  You are right when you say we have to be diligent.  There are way too many temptations to draw us out of relationship with Jesus and eventually to kill us.  I have seen so many people that profess Christ that seem to have lost their first love with Jesus.  It seems like the world has just swallowed them up!  And it is very easy to be swallowed up.  The lack of true Christian fellowship has hurt the church these days.

The lack of patience, understanding and humility has hurt the church.  I have been witnessing to a gal for eight years and she is just now coming around.

Somebody asked me what was taking her so long and what was the problem that she just didn’t come to Christ, snap! like that.  I told them that I was not the Holy Spirit.  People have issues and they need to see that Christians are unwavering.  That we will go the distance.  This gal has never really had any friends and she’s a neat person.  Sometimes it is hard to believe that there are folks that don’t have friendships.  The world is a very hard place.  This gal has to work with people who persecute her for not being a party girl and she is not a Christian (not yet, but hopefully soon!!).

Well, I could go on and share a million things with you, but I have responsibilities that need tending.  The Lord bless you and keep you and give you strength, energy, resources and His perfect peace!  Thanks again for your encouragement and prayers!

Deirdre

 

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SUBJECT:   thanks

FROM:        Wendell

 

Raymond Laginess
 

Thanks Brother for your obediance and giving of your faith. 

We agree with you and are very happy to have a second witness to the things God has shown us! We have spent about four hours reading and are thankful and bear witness to the truth of your writtings

 

Would you make a statement in regard the following verses.

It is a complete list of the word agree and are one both being given in only seven verses. Numbers are very special I see you like numbers also. 

 

7vrs agree

 Mt 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
 Mt 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
 Mt 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
 Mr 14:59 But neither so did their witness agree together.
 Ac 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
 1Jo 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and
these three agree in one.
 Re 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

5.

There is one God, with three spiritual persons who agree; the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  

 

7vrs are one

 Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
 Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
 Ro 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
 1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
 1Co 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
 1Co 12:12 ¶ For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

wendell

 

 

Hello Wendell:

 

Thank you for writing and your kind comments!  The Word is true and I agree with it all, and the understanding is given from the Holy Spirit.  If you and I agree, we are one in the Word and brothers in Christ. 

 

The word “agree” in the 7 verses are verbs but not used in the same sense in each Scripture.  Each verse has its own meaning, according to the verses above and the ones below it.  I would not want to take one verse out of context, because the meaning of 1 verse flows from above and below that one verse.  Almost the same for “one” – some Verses of Scripture are referring to Father, Son and Holy Ghost as ONE, while the others are speaking of believers who make up the “body of Christ”, the “Church”, as one.

 

Wendell, His entire Word is life in reality and shows us our purpose of existence.  It is His plan for all of us in LOVE as He is LOVE.  As you must know, the Word is not a religion of man, but is the true “body of Christ” by the Holy Spirit.
Tim 2:15 – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to  be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Keep studying and continue following the Word.  Stay strong in the Lord, because the time is short! Bless you brother.

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond

 
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DECEMBER 2005


SUBJECT:   hello
FROM:        Jeff

 

hi ray, just thought, i would send you this email, to see how you are doing, are you in america, i live in adelaide, south australia, australia, since god opened my eyes to the deception of christmas, easter andbirthdays, i have felt the attacks coming on from satan, i have started to tell people the truth, their reaction is what i expected from some, but one of them has started to tell his christian brothers about the deception, so through the power of jesus our lord, lets pray that this starts a domino effect, as i said ray, i am willing to stand on gods truth, even if i lose everyone over it ...... keeep in touch your brother in jesus christ,,,,,, jeff p.

 

Hello Jeff:

 

Doing fine and I live in Michigan, USA.  I’m very happy you are on the right road and am with you in Spirit and truth.  Speaking truth to others is good, it will set them free IF they have an open heart to the truth.  Continue to stand on His truth – for these are the last days and we have little time left, but all that are supposed to be saved shall be there with the Lord.  I’ll continue with your next letter below. 

hello ray, just a quick note to see how you are doing, i sent a couple of emails to you, but i dont know if you got them, since god has opened my eyes to the truth of christmas, and every other pagan worship, the attacks from the devil have increased tenfold, anyway, i just wanted to say hi and i hope and trust in god that you and your family are well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
your brother in jesus christ jeff p.


Jeff – all is well here, we're blessed  - received both of these e-mails – have had many others to answer also.  I try to get all the e-mails answered as soon as I am able to do so.  And, I appreciate your writing.  You stay strong in Jesus Christ!  Certainly the attacks will always be there -  “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephes. 6:11-18).  This is what every Christian must do in order to stay strong in Jesus Christ. 

 

Thank you and God bless you!

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:    none

FROM:        Jeff

 

the lord opened my eyes to the tuth of christmas, easter, birthdays, all of the pagan holidays of which i want nothing to do with, thus saith the lord learn not the way of the heathen, as hard as it can be i put jesus first before eveyone, the bible is the word of god, read the book {the two babylons by alexander hislop}, thats an eye opener, take care your brother in christ jeff

 

Hello Jeff:

Thank you for writing!  It’s truly a blessing when I hear from others who follow Jesus Christ and put Him first over all things. Yes, I  have Alexander Hislop’s book, The Two Babylons and read it years ago.

Jeff, when we depend on Christ and look to His Word for all the answers, we realize that His Word, “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).

You have found the truth in His Word and you follow it – may the Lord bless you brother.   I thank you for being a berean, as your words have strengthened me in these last days.

In Jesus Christ

Raymond

 

JEFF'S RESPONSE:

SUBJECT:        pagan world

 

dear ray thankyou for your email, i thought i was the only one, i cannot find a church that teaches the truth, i would love to open up my own one, but that takes money, i am sure if it be gods will then so be it,i asked god to show me the truth and he did, praise jesus, i have lost  my extended family{my sisters ,dather, and in one sense my mum, however i am prepared to go it alone, all the glory of god, if i can glorify, god in this ,so be it, can you please give me your email address again as i am in adelaide south australia australia and i might get it wrong your brother in jesus jeff p.  , ps                  
we have so much to talk about take care, i need your support, i am willing to go this alone, no matter what happens, the truth of gods word must be known

 

RAYMOND'S ANSWER:


Hello again Jeff!

Just to let you know brother, you are not alone.  I’m here for you as long as the Lord allows me to be here, until He takes me home with Him.  If you have questions, ask away – and we will both ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in all things.

You asked the Lord to show you the truth – and He showed you His truth, and probably more than you even asked – the same happened to me.  God’s will be done in all matters – and He will send to you those who need to know the truth – you tell them about Jesus and what He did for you, me, them, and all mankind – that they must be “born again”, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and they shall not perish – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life…He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16, 18).

Jeff, we do lose our families – our blood families – if they do not want to know the truth about Jesus.  I also lost mine – they would rather follow a priest, a pastor or a Purpose Driven Life over following Jesus Christ Who died for them.  They make it so hard, yet Jesus makes it so easy, but only they must answer to the Lord one day soon.  You know something?  These people are never sure that they will go to heaven if they die today, and they won’t.   I would have all men in heaven as Jesus would, but all men have been given a free will when He created them.  They must make a choice, by either following the Lord Jesus and His truth, or Satan and his lies.  Every individual in this world must make a choice while on this earth as to whom they will follow.  There is no 2nd chance for a choice once we are dead, it’s while we are here on earth that a choice is required.

 Jeff, you continue to glorify the Lord in all things every day of your life – the Holy Spirit is there to strengthen you and teach you – He will!  I’m here if you have questions, always, or just to talk.- I’m here to support you brother – so that we might talk together while on this earth.  But, one day soon we will walk together with our Creator, Jesus Christ, in heaven.

 Remember, the truth of God’s Word will always be known – He has made it known to all men – but not all men will listen nor do they want to hear it.  To all who will listen - because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that hath the Son hath life.We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.  “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.”  (Ephes. 2:8-9)

Jeff, remember, it’s not up to us to build a church, Jesus already gave us the foundation and we build upon Him, the Word, He adds to His church.  We are the “church”, it’s in our hearts, and we worship Him in spirit.  There are so many who believe they need to go to church to worship Jesus – they need fellowship – they need the ministry – they need people – they need the discipline of weekly service and sermons - they need religious tradition and custom - they need to be baptized.  It’s just not true.  ALL ONE NEEDS IS JESUS CHRIST – TO BELIEVE ON HIM, REPENT OF OUR SIN – for Christians are justified by faith in Christ alone.  They are not saved by teachers, doctrines, good works, a building, a ritual, or a religious institution.  Christians are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Yes, Jeff, you are correct, sometimes we must “go this alone, no matter what happens” – it’s ok, but remember, you are not alone – you have us and we have you – and we both have Jesus Christ, therefore, we are never alone.

My web page you asked for is:  http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html at "God's Sword of Truth - The Word"  Use whatever you need, and ask questions about whatever you feel you need to know.  I’m here, always.

In Jesus Christ,
Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:   (none)

FROM:        TELLMEMOE

 

Hey Raymond, I myself am a victim of men.  Sexually abused from the age of 6 until I was 14 by an uncle.  I work now with battered women and see what men have done to these women's lives.  We work at trying to make these women independent and some of it is trying to unlearn this submission crap that you people teach that is keeping them in abusive relationships.  No human being should submit their will to another human being.  Women are very capable of making their own decisions.  Believe it or not women would survive just fine without men telling them what to do.  I believe the marriage partnership should be one of mutual respect and compromise, not with one person having the final say.  It should be egalitarian not a dictatorship.  If you give any man that kind of control he will become a tyrant.  Men need to get over their insecurity and their need to dominate.   Don't you ever tell me that my husband would be my head.  I am an adult, not a child, he would not be my authority, as if he were my father, he would be my partner.  Yes I reject the teaching of headship and submission.  I think it has done nothing but perpetuate violence and oppression of women.


P. S. You said they bible wasn't written by men but inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Inspiration does not equal infallibility.  It was still written by men, though they may have been inspired, with their cultural and personal views consistent with the times.  Paul was a bigot.

 

Hello again Tellmemoe:

 

I begin by saying that I’m truly sorry for your situation of sexual abuse when you were a young child.  It must certainly have been a traumatic experience as a young child, but it does not have to ruin your entire life.  I do not condone any such evil, nor does the Lord, and the Lord will judge these people strongly at their end.  I would not want to be in the shoes of a person who uses a child for his/her own pleasure.   I have spoken to many women under the same circumstances as yours.  We have fellowshipped with some who have been abused by their own Dad, and one particular woman since the ‘80’s with the exact same abuse as what you had gone through, she also was sexually abused by an uncle for years.  She later did the drug route for several more years.  She came to us searching for a different life, a better life, and then she found Jesus Christ, and yes, she submitted to Him.  She had previously divorced her husband (he had nothing to do with her past) and even said she would go back to him if he would take her back, but he didn’t.  She moved on with Jesus Christ in the center of her life, and I can’t begin to say enough about this woman who grew so strong in the Lord…I had to remind myself of how tough she had it as a child and young girl, and later in years with drug abuse, but she never looked back, only forward with the Lord.  She lived without hate, bitterness and resentment, and had no desire for revenge.  She found freedom in Jesus Christ and forgiveness in her heart for her abuser.   She now has found eternal safety in the Lord’s arms, as she passed on to be with Jesus this past May.  Our dear friend and sister in Christ, 70 years of age, was truly a blessed woman, and she knew it and thanked the Lord every day.

Do you know that no one can survive outside the Lord’s plan and His will?  I’m not speaking of man’s will, but the will of the Lord.  It’s true.  A man/woman is empty WITHOUT the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  You mentioned that men need to get over their insecurity.  Well, the only men I know who are insecure are those who do not take the responsibility of their headship (given by the Lord) seriously, and/or allow a woman to be over them.  The Word of God says: “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” (Ephes. 5:23)  I’m not telling you that your husband should be your head, the Word is telling you this, plus it would be very difficult for me to understand that you could even have a husband.

You can be there for all these battered women, which, by the way, is a wonderful thing that you are doing, but you cannot save them from hell for all eternity, which will be far more painful than an abusing mate, relative or neighbor.  I’m not making light of their situation or saying this to diminish what they are going through or have gone through.  It’s surely a painful life, with many who have been willing or unwilling victims of incest or molestation have those memories which deny them the freedom to live without hate, bitterness and resentment, fear and/or a desire for revenge.  I was a Police chief who, and in my line of work, saw women in these positions for years and years.  My wife worked in the 70’s at a suicide center, so both of us have seen and known the many cases you speak of.  Yet you and all these others can be free and even find forgiveness for the abuser in your heart, just as our friend and sister in Christ did.

It is through a person’s un-forgiveness that a person becomes bound to the offender, and the painful memory cannot heal.  Unless that person forgives the offender, he/she will continue to recall the hurt, rejection and betrayal over and over, continuing to be angry and probably depressed.  Dwelling upon the problem or situation honors Satan and the sin of the perpetrator.  In order to help yourself and all these others involved in similar situations, rebuke incest and perversion in the name of Jesus Christ, and renounce the sin and the Satanic influence over everyone involved.  It’s time to accept Jesus Christ in your life and learn about His ways and not man’s ways.  You can be free of the demon that haunts you.  You can have true peace and joy with Jesus Christ who wants to operate in your life and through you to reach others in this lost world.  It’s up to you.

The proud are always reluctant to come to the Lord’s Word, and when they do they always have a quick answer: “that doesn’t apply for us today”; “I don’t believe that really happened”; “Paul is nothing more than a bigot”.  Certainly, when the Lord’s views clash with a haughty person’s views, the reaction of that person with all their pride is always anger.  They are angry at everything and everyone that crosses their path – and if they are not, they put on a good show of being the top dog over the others in their life.  You even said: “Paul was a bigot”!  Well, Saul, who was a religious bigot and murderer, became Paul, and he was a man dedicated to Jesus Christ.  He had the same kind of life-changing conversion that has happened over and over to millions who have put their trust in Jesus Christ.  I’ve had many say to me – “I just met Jesus Christ, and He changed my life forever”.  Why?  Because He lives today in the hearts of those who submitted  their lives to Him.

As far as the bible being written by men, I said: “The Bible (Scripture) is NOT THE PRODUCT OF A MAN AS YOU SAY, BUT IS Holy Spirit initiated by enlightening the mind with the written and spoken revelation of God (2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15; 1 Peter 1:3-25).”  As I further said:’when you pick up the Bible, you are not reading the word of a man, you are reading the Word of God that was written down by men being used as pens as they were moved by the power of the Holy Spirit.’  The Bible is not only the revelation of the mind of God to the minds of men it’s also inspired by God through His Spirit.  Inspiration means “God-breathed.”  God’s Word says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
 

I’m here if you want to write again. 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

TELLMEMOE'S RESPONSE:

How about we agree to disagree because I am never going to accept your beliefs nor you mine.  Try reading the book the Courage to Heal.  A woman never has to forgive her abuser that is not a necessary part of the healing process.  Keep on thumping your bible.  Those of us with an actual education will keep on doing our work.

RAYMOND'S ANSWER:


Tellmemoe:

I only follow and live by the Word of the Lord!  I’ve heard about the book you mention and similar ones, but I do not believe in the use of “memory recovery therapy” techniques such as aspired in these types of books.  Many therapists who use the process of recovering hidden memories (and it’s done all the time), digging up a person’s past in which the therapist’s priorities are all messed up, they don’t want the one in therapy to withdraw or retreat from his/her past because the therapist could no longer control that person. The therapist does not want the person in therapy to forget or forgive the evil things in the past.  Tellmemoe, this is the devil’s work, to be sure.

 

The Bible is God’s Word to mankind. Without the truth of His Word, all mankind would be forced to rely on their own feelings, and other people, like therapists, telling them to dig deep into the past to see what they can pull up and believe to be the truth, when in this world there is nothing but wickedness and deception.  There aren’t many people today who want to hear the truth of the Word of God (like you) because so many are depending on their own feelings and others experiences.  There is such a focus today by therapists to dig into a person’s past experiences that they have no concept of the truth and no discernment for the truth.  They are totally deceived.  Satan is truly happy!  But what really destroys Satan’s lies is God’s truth – His Word!  His Word is light and life, and if that’s thumping the Bible, the Word of God, then I certainly shall.

There is only one way - His way, and we are not to look back into the past.  We are to forget “those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philipp. 3:13).    Jesus said:
“No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  (Luke 9:62).  Never look backward into the past.  Those who do are truly being misled by well-meaning but misinformed therapists, who many times misdiagnose a person’s symptoms as evidence of repressed memories.  These memory recovery techniques are sooooooo dangerous because they have a known risk of creating a strong belief in bringing up “false memories” of things that never really occurred.  That is why there are many law suits against the therapists for having the client bring up “false memories”.  Yet, there is a belief among most therapists that these repressed memories exist and they (therapists) have a special talent in finding them.  I would have to say this is what you believe when you say that “forgiveness is not a necessary part of the healing process.”

These techniques have been rejected by every responsible scientific and medical organization that has ever examined them.  Yes, you will go on thumping your false therapy and destroy so many, many people.  But, your education will not hold up on the day you stand before your Judge, Jesus Christ. You see Tellmemoe, Jesus Christ is the truth!  He is absolute reality!  He never misleads or deceives anyone.  He died for you because He loved you.  Repent and He forgives you of your sin when you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour and your name is written in the Book of Life.  The ONLY unpardonable thing that you can do is to NEVER accept Christ as your Saviour.  If you die and your name isn’t written in the Book of Life, consider the warning of Revelation 20:15:  “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In Jesus Christ
Raymond

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SUBJECT:   (none)

FROM:        Simon and Jane


Dear Brother Raymond ,

 

Greetings in Jesus’ Name my brother! I am excited to be able to write to you. We wanted to find out if you will grant us permissions to use your site materials for our teaching purposes. With your permission we will adapt several of that for our ministry school also.

 

Brethren I perceive your spirit is very much like ours. Here in Kenya we have a church; not a large congregation, fro owe do not have much of an evangelistic message; but we have a message mainly to the saints for the maturing of the body of Christ. But God has richly blessed us in all things. My breather I feel so strong in my inner man that our ministry partnership is going to be a great opportunity for us to share a lot pertaining to the gospel of the kingdom of God. We do very much appreciate your messages! We are careful of who we associate with in the Lord’s business and their stance for the truth of the word. We would love to invite you to come over and share more of this in person with the church in Kenya; please let us know when you feel the release to come. Let me just say from my stand point that many messages have gone out, but until the message of the kingdom of God goes into all the world then the end can not come. We have had a lot of messages, philosophies, prosperity messages, we have even named the name of Jesus, and we have talked about the Holy Spirit, but never yet taught our people the kingdom of God and the government of GOD. How God wants His church set up. We have never taught our people these things and the life God has chosen fro us. But I believe that the dawning has come.

 

Blessings to you and all yours. We speak more of God’s anointing and revelations upon you. We will be looking forward daily to reading from you

 

Your Brother Bishop Simon and Jane Mac Onyango

Founding Directors: Kenya Center For World Missions, Inc.

Kenya, East Africa

 

Hello Simon and Jane:



You are on the right road – THE WORD!  The Word is all any of us need for our teaching and learning, by His Holy Spirit, who also taught me.  Use any and all of web site – it’s all yours, it is of the Holy Spirit and truth of the Word, it is free. My web page address is as follows:

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

Simon and Jane, I am just a tool to be used of the Lord.  I am born again by the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ.  If the Lord opens the doors I would be there with you all in Kenya, but right now, I’m bed-ridden.  I am waiting to be absent in my body and home with Jesus, soon, I pray – but His timing, not mine. 

 

The Holy Spirit is in control of all things – my life and your life – just keep doing and teaching what the Lord has given you through His Word by His Spirit.  Trust Him always, as I do.  I’m here for you all in the Word of the Lord.  May the Holy Spirit continue to open the eyes and ears of those who will hear His Word.  Remember my friends, you are “the church” – it is in your hearts, not in a building by men.  Trust the Lord Jesus and He will direct your path. 

 

We are now living in the End Times – and He shall make known His presence by His Spirit – the end is soon!  We will all be together with Him in the very near future.  Hold fast and do not allow Satan in – he is a liar and a thief – always trying to rob us of the truth.  Keep preaching and teaching the truth, for the time will come when all will stand before the Lord Jesus.  Love to all of you from your brother.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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NOVEMBER 2005

 

SUBJECT:     Regarding website

FROM:        D.M.

 

Hi,

Your website is great.  Lots of information.  I agree with most of your stuff.  We came out of church a while back.  I guess the Purpose Driven Life did it for us.  Since then, I have noticed that walking with the Lord is a lonely walk.  And that’s fine, I would rather have Jesus and be alone, than with a room full of folk that abide not.

Thanks,

D.M.

 

Hello D.M.:

Thank you for writing.  You came out of church because your heart was open to His truth.  Your future life is in heaven with Jesus and your real family in Christ---- forever!  Believe me, it’s worth it all.  You will see, and soon!  I can hardly wait to be with the Lord forever and will see you there!  Your last sentence says it all – “rather have Jesus and be alone, than with a room full of folk that abide not.”  I’ll add a big AMEN!  There's one thing to remember though, if we have Jesus in our life, we're never alone, we have it all when we have Him.  There is nothing more we need!  One day soon we'll all be sitting down together at His table, to feast in heaven.

 

D.M., please remember you are not alone, you have me, a new brother in Christ, and you have many sisters and brothers who you will one day see in heaven, and together we’ll behold Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen!  Our time is short on this earth!  I'm here if you have any questions or just want to fellowship, that is, until the Lord takes me home. 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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SUBJECT:    (none)

FROM:        Tellmemoe

 

I'm so sick of hearing you men throw the bible in women's faces in talking about submission.  No adult should let someone have that kind of control over them, that includes a wife and her husband.  It's time for you men to grow up, deal with your control issues, and realize this was a passage written over 2000 years ago by a MAN!

 

 

Tellmemoe, I am assuming that you are a woman. What is it that makes you so angry? What is it about the biblical men and women roles that brings out your anger and makes you sick? And you haven't given me any reason to not think the way that I do. Why does the Bible make you so angry in talking about submission? 


Evidently, Tellmemoe, you simply have not the understanding of Bible Doctrine and have never made a spiritual decision to separate yourself from the world. 

Please allow me to put things into perspective so that you can see and understand what I am saying. It is all about God's Plan (NOT MAN’S PLAN), for we are all part of His creation, His plan.
 

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden mankind became separated from God.  But, with God’s wisdom He had a plan to restore mankind to Himself through Jesus Christ.



Both men and women are vulnerable to evil only when apart from Him. Satan brought off his great con of the woman when she met him alone; Adam surrendered the integrity of his headship when he encountered the woman alone.
 

The Scriptures have been written for everyone, NOT just men, and NOT just women.  And there are always arguments by those who dismiss Scripture entirely.  For these people, the Word really doesn’t matter and anything I say is therefore irrelevant.  So submission is not a female only package but should be the attitude of us all, man or woman.  We are to develop relationships of trust and confidence and respect with all men so there is an element of submission in every thing we do. Jesus submitted to the Father's will until he died, and then the Father put all authority under the feet of Jesus.

Furthermore, some, who reject Scripture, reject Scripture precisely because they recognize that their particular sin (promiscuous behavior, some of fornication or adultery, some homosexual/lesbian practice, incest, abortion, and even sex with children) is banned and considered sinful in them. They reject the Scriptures as God's Word or as any word of importance. They recognize what the Scripture actually says and then reject it for what it says.  This happens when the mind is not filled with God's Word and Satan begins a slow campaign to make you dissatisfied and unhappy, just like you sound.  Satan's campaign is to delude you into thinking you are right and the Word is wrong.  One by one he begins to magnify faults and sow seeds of discord into your mind. You will become miserable, unhappy and critical, blaming others for all your trouble.  This strife is a sure sign that demoniac forces are ministering to your mind.  James 3:14-17 says, "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is eartly, sensual, devilish, For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

 

Now, unless you understand what I am saying, you will not be able to understand the Bible’s purpose.  Nor will you be able to understand why the Lord requires the things that He does through His purpose and plan.



Evidently you are not under the authority of your head (which means under the authority of a husband and/or the Lord God), that is why you are doomed to slavery to this world.  You can continue to think that you are the most important person in your world, but if you do you will miss the One that really is the most important, and that’s Jesus Christ.  Something else that is very important for you to understand is that the ONLY thing that God wants out of all this, is for you to know His Son, Jesus Christ who died for all, and through that knowledge, to love Him.  It is all about love and proper respect due to ONE (Jesus Christ) who certainly deserves it, ONE who died for our sins.



When you say It's time for you men to grow up, deal with your control issues, and realize this was a passage written over 2000 years ago by a MAN!”, YOU are totally rejecting the Word of God, the Bible because YOU believe a woman being in submission to her husband or to the Lord is “control”.  This is the bottom line.  Because there are many women like you who should: – “…that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away, For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7).

 

The Bible (Scripture) is NOT THE PRODUCT OF A MAN AS YOU SAY, BUT IS Holy Spirit initiated by enlightening the mind with the written and spoken revelation of God.  (2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:15; 1 Peter 1:3-25).  So, when you pick up the Bible, you are NOT reading the word of a man, you are reading the Word of God that was written down by men being used as pens as they were moved by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

I say, it’s time for YOU to make a decision – and the choice is yours!  Serve and submit to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, which is inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is therefore a matter of revelation, ultimate truth, and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.  Any other attitude toward Scripture reveals that one does not take the Word seriously and that one has in effect rejected the Lord God who breathed it (2 Tim. 3:16) through His Holy Spirit.

 

GOD BLESS THE WOMAN who is obedient to God, putting others before self, and thinks....”How can I serve my Lord, my husband and my children? SHAME ON THE WOMAN who wakes up every morning with her own name at the top of her list, thinking…”how can I best serve myself today?” - SHAME ON THOSE WOMEN!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    your website

FROM:        QUINN

 

I was just visiting your website, came upon it by mistake. I just wanted to comment and say that it really gets us as people no where by criticizing on e another on beliefs. While I agree with you that there are some odd things that I do not agree with about the catholic tradition, ripping them apart gets you no where. actually its un-loving. another thing that can be seen in many many ways as against the bible. we can have sperate beliefs, and long for others to know the truth that we know, but telling them the are liars and wrong isn't the way to do this. try loving them. let me know how that works for you. the world is not a better place, and the kingdom no further advanced by the degradation of others who are also Gods creation.

 

Hello Quinn:

 

Thanks for writing!

 

The greatest form of LOVE is TRUTH, and the truth of the Word of the Lord is LOVE!

 

True Christian love is NOT shown by telling all these people to believe they are saved when they are NOT saved. Christian love is shown by making the true Gospel plain and clear so that the "religious but lost" person will recognize his unsaved condition and his need of a Saviour, the true Christ of the Bible, not a counterfeit, as in the Roman Catholic religion, Greek Orthodox, Anglican, Episcopal and Lutheran, along with the others, who continue to teach their church tradition and sacraments is what is needed for one’s salvation, i.e., the Roman Catholic church teaches: -

". . the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, ‘does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence'." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 82.)  This is NOT love, but LIES!  Damnable heresy! 

 

Satan is the father of lies - John 8:44: “…he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”.   It is written: “…the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) – the Bible is the Sword of truth – it cuts and divides!  Only the truth will set you FREE!  The TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST WHO IS LOVE!

There is only ONE belief, ONE Door, ONE Road, - ONLY ONE DOOR that leads to heaven – “Verily, verily, I say unto you.  He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1, 7, 9), “and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).  Lies are NOT the key to the Door – LOVE IS PURE, and in Jesus, and He is NOT a religion of lies, but is TRUTH. 

 

Yet, Catholicism, even though they teach that Jesus Christ is God (as do many others), they, nevertheless, do not believe that Jesus Christ’s death paid the full penalty for sin according to the Word of God; i.e., they believe that those who qualify for heaven must follow through with their tradition, sacraments and still spend time in purgatory to atone for sins they committed on earth. 

 

True Christianity consists of what Christ teaches us through the Scripture, but Roman Catholicism does not even profess to be founded on Scripture only: it claims that they are the only true religion and therefore have a right to depart from what is contained in the Word - a right to add 'to Scripture what is handed down by tradition; and both to depart from and add to Scripture by making new decrees. The Roman CC says that councils and the pope have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to make decrees by which, in reality, the doctrines delivered by Christ are entirely annulled. Check it out for yourself -  trace the full effect of what Rome teaches as to baptismal regeneration, transubstantiation, justification by means of sacraments and deeds done by its members, the invocation of saints - things which are entirely opposed to the teaching of Jesus Christ.  Also, check out the new passage by the Catholic church that they do NOT even believe some of the Scripture as truth. (see The Times – Oct. 5, 2005).

 

There are many religions in the world today, and none teach the exact same thing. In fact, many of them contradict each other.  So, they can't all be true, can they?  Each one has a different path to Christ – and you cannot have separate beliefs – again, remember Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) There is ONLY ONE WAY – JESUS CHRIST – NOT religion!  What do all these religions have in common?  Lies and false teachings!  Other denominations, as well as the Catholic religion, are false!

Wake up and smell the roses – not the weeds of lies from hell.  His Word is truth – hell is Satan’s way – his way of lies.  You need to be wise in the Word, Jesus does not lie!  He was killed for the truth.  Where are you coming from?  Whose side are you on?  Do you even know Jesus Christ as your Saviour?  Do you live Christ daily, or are you part of the world?  Being in college does not make one smart in spiritual matters, no matter what religion they belong to.  If Roman Catholicism or ANY SYSTEM fails to meet Christ’s qualifications for being true, then it is to be rejected.  Jesus said to His Father in John 17:17 – “THY WORD IS TRUTH”.

“And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” (John 8:45)

 

“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16)

  

In CHRIST’S LOVE,

Raymond

A teacher of the truth of the WORD, and Holy Spirit taught

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello again Quinn, my answers to your questions are in blue below.

 

who are you to question my faith? my anger boils.  I have known Jesus as my saviour for some time now. college means nothing to me. Its not about the intellectual matters. im not dumb, i know Jesus does not lie.
 

You are correct, Jesus does not lie, and all those who are faithful in exposing error according to HIS Word, the Bible, are now being widely denounced, and are accused of being unloving.  Quinn, your own love has waxed cold, it is empty.  How could you possibly say that you have love, or even faith, and allow one soul to go to hell without telling them that Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY?

I love all souls and do not want one single soul to perish in hell, therefore I warn and rebuke as the Word tells us to.  Jesus told us, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing..." (John 7:15). How can we know false prophets unless we judge them by the Word of God? If we know the false prophets, how can we fail to warn people of these "ravening wolves?" All throughout the Bible we find proof that they should be identified and exposed.

 

How do we know false teachings and false believers?  “Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” (Matthew 7:16-17).  Did the Lord mean that we could not judge the tree (person), by the fruit of their life and doctrine?  Certainly not!  How could one know without judging, and all judgment must be according to Bible teaching, not according to whims or prejudices.

The Word also teaches: "Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Neither give place to the devil." (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Quinn, anger is quite destructive and is a direct result of one not managing it well and holding onto it.  The most likely way for anger to boil over, as you say your anger boils, and to be destructive is to blame another person’s belief in the Bible for the struggle or the state of their own being.  Remember from the Spirit we have "love, joy and peace..." unconditionally.  You must also love.



please do not treat me as a child, or the world for that matter. people who are reading your website are stupid. they are also not feeling loved, but condemned. nothing about that appeals to people, even if its truth.



What are you saying here?  If people read my web site they are stupid?  What category does that put you in?  And, these same people who read my website “are also not feeling loved, but condemned… even if its truth?”  In other words, would you rather every one in this world feel loved, not condemned, and hear lies and go to hell?  Satan is clever, he would rather have it your way also.  Well, I will continue to speak the truth from the Word – coming against all false teachers in today’s churches of men.
 

There are many people today in denominational religion who believe Christians should shut their mouth on Biblical issues and yield the Bible teaching process to those who represent a denominational religion and, or, even a pagan world view.  False teachers are free to spread their poisonous doctrines today because there is a conspiracy of silence among many Bible believers.  Wolves in sheep’s clothing are thus enabled to ravage the flock, thereby destroying many, and they are doing it every day.  Sorry, that will not be me!  And, that’s why I’m never surprised when the enemy opposes the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of his day) "a generation of vipers" (snakes) (Matt. 3:7). Today, he would be accused of being unloving, unkind, and unchristian.

My friend, it is sin (unbelief) that condemns mankind.  It is the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for it: his life condemned it. Love Christ, and you will hate that which caused his death. Love him, and you will love to be made like him, and hate that which is so contrary to Jesus Christ, the WORD. 



 you and i know hell is a real place, where those who are not truly saved are going... and people do need to hear that truth, but not by someone being a jerk to them over the internet. the internet is pointless anyway. go do real ministry. go love people, how Jesus did. Dosn't that mean anything to you?
 

Isn't the Word of God that teaches us to exercise spiritual discernment—and that, my friend, extends to and includes those who profess Christ?  And, what does the Word say in 2 Timothy 4:2 – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  What is longsuffering?  It’s having a patient spirit, and teaching with the authority of the scripture.



You see Quinn, when sin is rebuked because we love truth and love the souls of those who sin, we have proper love. I believe that all of God’s creation is precious.  The person who objects is the one who has misplaced love.  Sometimes it’s easy for people to mistake “no love” rather than “love” when sin and false religions are preached against.  I am trying to warn people because I care enough about them to tell them the truth.  I hate Satan for what he has done to those that I love.  I also know that the Lord created hell for Satan and his own who follow him, and yes, I’m in a battle with Satan for souls, all souls.  I shall remain a teacher of the Lord’s Word which is pure love from which I have been taught by His Holy Spirit.

 

2 Timothy also teaches us: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ( 2 Timothy 2:15)

 

You say, “go do real ministry"? – what do you think each Christian who believes in and lives Jesus Christ for a witness to the world is?  Where is your ministry?  It’s not about being a priest or a pastor.  Where is your witness for Christ?  You speak about love and yet, ANGER BOILS in you?  That is sin, NOT LOVE!

 

Christ’s love sent Him to the cross to die for our sins.  Love acts. His action was in proportion to His love for us. Look at the life of Christ and see what perfect love produces.



It is because of my love for your soul and all others that I warn about “another gospel”, just as Paul warned about those who preached “another Jesus…another spirit…or another gospel” (2 Cor. 11:4).  How does one know them unless one judges THEIR Jesus, THEIR spirit, and THEIR gospel by the Word of God?  Paul called such preachers “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Cor. 11:13).  He explains in verses 14-15 that these preachers are the ministers of Satan.  The true spirit filled disciple of Christ must be just as faithful today in exposing the ministers of Satan as the apostles were.



YOUR WRONG. does that offend you? if i were to say that and mean it you would dismiss me... thats what others are doing to you. Its a creation of anamosity. awesome, way to go with that. causing division and hurt in Jesus name. somewhere people get a bad taste of Christianity... where do you think that comes from?

Quinn, nothing you say can offend me, whether you mean it or not, it doesn’t matter.  If I am teaching the truth, it is inevitable that I will offend people who do not love the truth – just as the Word so states: “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” (2 Peter 2:2).  If I were to compromise the truth in any way to keep from offending other people, then I will lose everything that God’s Holy Spirit has taught me and my witness of the truth would be nil.  Jesus left those who were offended by the truth behind and moved on.  Quinn, I’m not offended.

A bad taste of TRUE CHRISTIANITY comes from Satan and his false teachers in the churches of men.  I oppose false teachings in the religions of men.  When I do this, there will always be people who object.  There always have been.  But the reason they object is either because they have misunderstood or totally reject the bible teaching, or because they themselves are sinners who want to continue in their sin without the embarrassment of being reproved.  In either case, they are the ones who do not have a proper concept of Biblical love.

Quinn, I can honestly say, most of the world’s millions of Catholics do NOT know that Jesus is the ONLY WAY that God built back to Himself.  Nothing else will satisfy our Lord God than faith ONLY in His Son, Jesus Christ who died for all.  Are you able to take a simple look at what the Catholic church teaches compared to what the Scriptures actually say?  True Christianity bases its truth and its doctrine on the Word of God, the Bible.  In that Word, Jesus claims to be the only Way.  Amen!

If, after reading a few of the articles on “The Word, God’s Sword of Truth” web page: http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html - and you still think this is only “causing division”, I would then ask you about the more than 100 anathemas damning those who do not strictly believe the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church.   Is this not “causing division and hurt in Jesus name”?  This web page is dedicated in examining the truth and comparing it to the Bible.  No matter who it is, or what group is proclaiming truth, we know that the Bible is the Word of God and that no truth from God will contradict it.

 

Evaluate Yourself. and dont close your letters to me with "In Christs Love" unless that is what you are truly living for.

Quinn



Do you know what the cure for disillusionment is?  Putting your complete hope and trust in the living Lord Jesus Christ.  He will never fail you.  That’s a promise and a fact.  He is my door, the only door into heaven which is through Jesus Christ (John 10:9).  That door is Jesus, NOT the Catholic church or any other church, religion or denomination.  Do not be deceived, only through Christ ALONE can you be saved.  It is a PERSONAL relationship you start with Jesus Christ the moment you invite Him into your heart to forgive your sins and become your personal Saviour.  Quinn, you can have a personal relationship with every priest, pastor and religious leader in this world and still go straight to hell when you die.  You need to forget what man (the church) can offer you, and instead turn to Christ in simple child-like faith for salvation.  I say this in love, not hate or unkindness.  This is not speaking in hypocrisy, but obeying the direct commands of God's Word. "Speaking the truth in love" necessitates loving people enough to tell them the truth and to warn them of those who are deceivers and pervert the truth. Jesus had compassion on the multitudes, but he publicly rebuked the hypocrites.
 

I have read all of your comments in amazement while you verbally rip me up one side and down the other because, according to you, I was too unloving and that I shouldn’t close my letters to you “In Christs love”; yet, you are more negative and unloving to me by telling me that I cause division and hurt in Jesus name.

I am not duped by Satan, nor cajoled by men, into accepting the false philosophy of always speaking positively whether right or wrong and showing lots of love in order to “win friends and influence people”.  I speak the truth and if man cannot accept it, it is not my problem, but his. We each must answer to the Lord for ourselves.

When I seek the highest eternal good for myself and others, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ becomes natural conduct, and by the Word do I evaluate myself also.  So, you see Quinn, I care enough about you to warn you of things which I believe to be dangerous for your soul.  In love and in Jesus Christ I speak this. 

Raymond


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SUBJECT:       GOOD ARTICLE…BUT KEEP SEARCHING

FROM:        Crenshaw

 

YOU ARE RIGHT IN SAYING WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT DON'T BE DECEIVED.  HOW ARE WE TO KNOW HOW GREAT GOD IS AND THE THINGS HE HAS DONE AND HOW HE RELATED TO EARLY MAN IF WE "THROW AWAY THE OLD TESTAMENT."  WE DON'T NEED TO THROW AWAY THE OT TO BELIEVE IN THE LAW OF SALVATION BY FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE.  YOU HAVE SAID RIGHT, BUT TO SAY "I DON'T DESERVE CHRIST" IS A BIT MUCH.

TAKE CARE AND KEEP PRAYIN' . . . IT'LL BECOME CLEAR

 

Hello Crenshaw:

 

Thank you for writing!  Everything is quite clear through Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit.  We do not need the Old Testament to tell us how great God is or how to find Jesus Christ.  Read Galatians, Chapter 3.   The Holy Spirit can show you and teach you if you are willing to learn.  Read on – Jesus Christ is grace and we are under the New Covenant.  I hope you agree with that statement. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, repent and live HIM every day of your life.

 

You asked above “HOW ARE WE TO KNOW HOW GREAT GOD IS AND THE THINGS HE HAS DONE AND HOW HE RELATED TO EARLY MAN IF WE “THROW AWAY THE OLD TESTAMENT.”  Crenshaw, Jesus claimed to be God – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58), “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3), saying that to see him was to see God – “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” (John 12:45); “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father.” (John 14:9), and telling us that he was the only person who had come directly from God to our world – “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3:13).  Many other passages of the New Testament affirm Jesus' deity (John 1:3,4,18; Hebrews 1:1-13; Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9; Philippians 2:6).  Jesus is God who is “…the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)” (John 1:14).  He is the "image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15).  Everything man needs to know about God is known through Jesus Christ who created us, and no man can reach God without coming to Jesus Christ first, as He said: – “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7).

 

If you recognize Jesus as God Almighty, then you have SEEN the True Son.  I don't want you to believe on a fake Jesus.  This is why I tell you that Jesus is God Almighty.  Only Jesus forgave sin in the Bible (as only God can do). "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" (Revelation 1:8).

 

Crenshaw, Christ's death not only shows the infinite worth of God's glory, but the greatness of His love for us. But it must be understood that we are NOT at the center. Christ did not die for us because we are of infinite value, but because God's glory (which we have attacked through our sin) is of infinite value. God loves us because that is the kind of God He is--it is His nature to be love. And the goal of His saving love is: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”  (Eph. 1:5-6).

 

Now, Crenshaw, NO ONE DESERVES CHRIST, not one of us – How can ANY man think so highly of himself, that he should deserve Christ?   Are you speaking with pride rather than remorse?  I never forget that I am nothing more than a Hell-deserving sinner who will one day be with Jesus Christ for all eternity because I am saved only by His grace.   I thank Him for working repentance in my life and His saving faith in my heart that I might be saved, and now am though Him and what He has done by His death and resurrection.

 

Because of our sin, we all deserve eternal punishment under the wrath of God (Romans 5:9; 2 Thess. 1:8-9).  "All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God" (Romans 3:23); "The wages of sin is death (hell)" Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14.  It really doesn’t matter how sincere you or I may or may not feel, or what sins and faults that you or I have in our life.  What truly matters is that each of us realizes we are hell-deserving sinners and are willing to call upon Jesus Christ to forgive us our sins, asking Him to come into our hearts as our personal Saviour and Lord.  Crenshaw, have you ever done this – trust Christ alone?  There is not one person who can trust themselves, not their religion/traditions, or attempt to do anything else in this world that proves they deserve a Saviour.

Only when a man sees himself as a sinner separated from God and truly understands the Word and what Jesus did for him when He hung on a tree, does he realize that there is no room left for personal merit or self boasting.  If YOU believe that you did something to deserve Jesus Christ and that you contributed to your salvation in any way, then grace would be nullified because God would be in debt to you for the work that you contributed to your salvation.  Certainly no man can take credit and say – “I did it my way.”

 

Every one of us has missed God's mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we alone bring judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth. We do not deserve the gift of salvation. We were still sinners when Jesus died on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world, and we still are sinners. Everyone that has ever lived, except Jesus, has sinned. But, God loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to enter into and die in our place in this world of sin. We can’t earn salvation by good works, for the Bible says we are saved by grace – “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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).  “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8.

 

May each of us respond to His redeeming grace, while remembering that grace will give us more than we could ever deserve. 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:
        Re: hello its Rebecca

FROM:        Rebecca

 

Hello its Rebecca,

 

I wrote to you and asked you about the Sabbath and also said that if its not 100% true then its not true at all just like you said if your Luke warm then we cant make it.  All out the new testament he says keep my commandments  more than just one time, the 4th commandment is not just keep it holy but also 6th days shalt thou labors and so thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath the Lord thy God in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy man servant  or made servant nor cattle nor ox nor any stranger that is within thy gates.   in 6 days the Lord made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them and rested the seventh day wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hollowed it.  The law that was done away with was the law of Moses. If its possible may I have a fax number or an address so I can  mail or fax some papers to you and your wife of the law of Moses  to read if your interested also I want to say your web site is so good cause now when people or my friends ask why we don't so Christmas or other holidays I tell them to go to your web site also I think you will find these papers very interesting.

 

Thanks your friend Rebecca,

Ps hope to hear from you soon

 

Hello again Rebecca:

 

Jesus Christ fulfilled ALL law – “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4), on the cross and left us the law of LOVE – “this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21).  All days are the Sabbath – for each day we love God and our brother – these are the commandments Jesus left us. 

 

The Sabbath was a sign only between God and Israel, so why be in bondage to it today?  As in the Old Testament, people were killed for violating the Sabbath law; certainly people aren’t killed today for not keeping it.  Rebecca, if the law is still in effect today, the punishment must also be in effect.  And, if anyone fails to keep any part of the law would be to admit the law is not binding.  Do you understand this?

 

In the New Testament, there are 2 references to the Sabbath (Col. 2:16; Heb. 4:4) and in both of thee passages the apostle Paul clearly explains that the day is not a requirement to be observed by Christians.  There is no command after the death and resurrection for the “church” to keep the Sabbath as an obligation to Christ.  By trusting in Christ’s work on the cross the law is fulfilled perfectly.  Who or what did the apostles preach, a certain day, or the death and resurrection of our Saviour?  What saves anyone?  By grace through faith are we saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us.  So, you can keep the Sabbath day but never be saved by Christ.  And, you can’t say for one to be saved they MUST keep the Sabbath, as that is NOT what Jesus said in the New Testament.

 

Are you a Seventh Day Adventist, or Church of Christ?  Both of these, at one time or another followed or follow Ellen White and her false teachings.  Now, before you send me what you have (I do not have a fax), please know that I have been taught by the Holy Spirit and I’m born again in the Truth of Jesus Christ, therefore, I would first like to know where you have been taught, and where you are coming from in your beliefs.  In other words, what religion do you belong to?  If you like, you can direct me to your religion on the internet, and I can read what you have been taught on their web pages.  Thank you for your time.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        Re: hello its Rebecca

FROM:        Rebecca

 

Hello,

If you want to see a web site then go to Amazing Facts. Yes I am a Seventh Day Adventist, no I am not perfect but for some one like you that knows so much  you should now the real truth in Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war  with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Woman meaning church and remnant meaning last days, know what do you think that means. Also in Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have the right to the gates into the city .  All from the King James Bible.

Law of Moses

Please look these up:

Exodus 20:22-23-24-25

Exodus 24:4-5-6-7-8

Hebrews 9:19

Deuteronomy 31:24-25-26

Colossians 2:14-15-16-17

Clossians 2:20-21-22-

Moses wrote these special covenant ordinances in his own hand witting in the book of the Law (Book of the Covenant). An animal sacrifice provided the blood of the covenant God made with Israel This book of the law ( the hand writing of ordinances) was positioned in a temporary place, beside  the ark, and it stood there as a witness against the people.

Hebrews 9:1-10-11-12

Deuteronomy 29:20-21

Galtians 3:10

Hebrews 8:8-9-10-13

Jeremiah 31:31-32-33

2 Kings 21:8

2 Kings 22:8

2 Kings 23:2-21

Deuteronomy 31:9-10

Deuteronomy 4:13-14

The book of the covenant and the book of the law are one and the same.The law of Moses was a special contract God made with the Israelites.  Paul clearly defined the old Covent  as Moses writing ( the Book of the Law).

 

The Ceremonial Law of Moses defined the earthly temple services and all the special annual Sabbaths.  Every thing contained with in the ceremonial Law was a shadow that pointed to Jesus as the substance.  For the law, having a shadows of good thing to come, and bit tge very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect (Heb) 10:1

The Law of Moses prescribed sacrifices, festivals, and ceremonial ordinances that were symbolic of Jesus.  Paul emphatically states the  law of ceremonies ended when it was nailed to the cross.  You being dead in your sins and the un circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the hand writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. (Col 2:13-14 ) Be sure to note here that the Bible says the hand writing of  ordinances ( the Law of Moses ) was nailed to the cross not  the Ten Commandments law of God!

In this same  passage of scripture, Paul continued to write, so let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but  the substance is of Christ ( Col 2:16-17).  All of the ceremonial ordinances , including the special annual Sabbaths ( not to be confused with the weekly, Seventh day Sabbaths ) were merely a shadowy symbol of the ministry if Christ. 

Like i said you know so much, i just want you to know the truth, also if he says to keep his commandments then we should only keep 1 or 2 of them or all? and  one more thing Mathew 7:21-22-23, 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.  Many will say to me in that day, lord, Lord have we not prophesied in they name? many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

You should read steps to christ by Ellen White!

Thanks Rebecca.

 

Hello Rebecca:

 

Rebecca, there was only ONE who was perfect, and it is Jesus Christ and He died for our sins!  I know the real truth, and I give all credit to the Holy Spirit for teaching me the Word, AND THE WORD IS JESUS CHRIST, of whom you do not believe in as your Saviour.   If you remain a Seventh Day Adventist you will never learn the truth or find salvation as a Seventh Day Adventist – and will burn in your sins if you do not repent of your non-belief!  You are a member of a cult! 

 

Get out of the Old Covenant, the law, and live in Grace.  Read Gal. 2:16-17 and all of Galatians 3.  You have no Holy Spiritual wisdom or knowledge of Scripture.  The ten commandments are the laws written on stone – NOT FOR TODAY! 

 

The Old Testament law is never quoted or enforced for the believers in the New Testament after Christ ascends.  What we find in the Scriptures is that these laws are contrary to us because they brought death not life.  Christ said it is finished, the debt of the law BOTH THE LAW OF MOSES INCLUDING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, the penalty of our sins was paid in full by HIS PERFECT SACRIFICE.  COL. 2:17 – they are a shadow of things co come.  Christ came, HE is the substance, the law was the pattern, CHRIST THE REALITY.  All the law pointed to the person.   

 

Jesus wrote the 10 Commandments in our hearts in LOVE.  Jesus Christ fulfilled the law.  He is the personification of LOVE.  He left us 2 Commandments in the New Testament: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it.  Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40).  We are now under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, and He left us His 2 commandments, and under HIS 2 Commandments there is no legalism – “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6) and “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” (2 Cor. 3:6).

 

The LAW is done away with, ALL OF IT for the Christian!  As I said above, it has been replaced by LOVE -  the 2 commandments given to those who belong to Jesus under the New Covenant.  However, those who do not follow Christ and His commandments of love, will all be judged BY THE LAW, and that means, they wil go to eternal ruin. 

if, as you say, the Ten Commandments was not nailed to the cross and are still in effect, then you will be judged according to each and every one of the ten.

SDA’s have a fixation with Ellen G. white.  You wouldn’t quote her to me or any other person who is outside of your cult, but in the SDA’s literature, they cite her false teachings 5 to 1 over the true Word of the Lord.  Rebecca, I prefer the Word of God over a false prophetess who did not know Jesus Christ as her Saviour.  I have already read much of Ellen White’s garbage and SHE CAN NOT LEAD ANYONE TO CHRIST, AS HER STEPS LEAD TO HELL.

 

Jesus Christ states very clearly that he is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).  The Word also states: “There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”. (I Tim. 2:5); “…the Lamb – he is Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Rev. 17;14); “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” (Rev. 15:3; 16:5-7). 

Whereas:  Ellen G. White says: “The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God almighty.” (ms 140, 1902, Lift Him Up p.235; SDA Comt’y V1129)  “He rested not in the possession of almighty power – not as Mater of earth and sea and sky – that power He had laid down, and He says ‘I can of mine own self do nothing.” (Desire of Ages, p.336 “Peace be still”)

 

Ellen G. White was a witch and a devil’s angel of light who is, if she did not repent, in hell by her sins of heresy!

 

Rebecca, you have no scriptural justification to continue the practice of the Old Covenant law today (by obligation).  Yet the SDA’s go to great lengths to deny that this is being taught in Scripture.  Just like you did, SDA finds all the Scriptures that describe certain parts of the law but will not bring attention to the others that define it, and that way you can divide it into certain sections, the sections you wish to divide it into and the parts you wish to keep.

 

The 10 Commandments were written by the finger of God on tablets of stone.  God made them the basis of the Covenant with Israel ONLY.  The significance of the Ten Commandments in the bible is that they were the actual covenant upon which everything pertaining to Israel rested.

 

When Jesus came, He made it quite clear that He had established a NEW Covenant.  The two greatest commandments He gave us under the New Covenant was LOVE (1) Love God (2) Love your neighbor, and upon these 2 commandments lie the total of the 10 commandments which were implanted in our hearts (not on stone) when we accept Christ as Saviour.

 

Seventh Day Adventists have been lied to by your leaders.  The Ten commandments are the ordinances that were abolished in Ephesians 2:15-16 – “Having abolished in his flesh, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” and Col. 2:14 – “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”.

 

Paul told us there is no Sabbath either – no works, no not eating any certain food, etc., would be ANY LONGER pleasing to God.  ONLY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS TO JESUS IS PLEASING BEFORE THE FATHER.   The “Sabbath day was nailed to cross” along with all the rest of the law. Nowhere does it state otherwise.  Those who follow the old law are entangled in a yoke of bondage.  Christ profits them nothing and is of no effect to them.  They are fallen from grace. You truly need help!  You are not a teacher of the Word of God, even if you believe, as SDA’s believe, that your knowledge is supreme and over all others, you know nothing but untruths and you know NOT Jesus Christ the Saviour who died for you.  E.G. White didn’t die on the cross for you, and if you follow her writings you are also considered anti-christ, just as are all other false teachers and false believers are considered.  You people do not even believe in hell, an eternal punishment, where SDA believers will go if they do not accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and repent of their sin.  Come out of your cult!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

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OCTOBER 2005

 

SUBJECT:        just wondering

FROM:        Rebecca

 

Hi this is Rebecca I just wrote to you and I am Reading your stuff and I am happy that there is some one who finally knows the truth like the truth on Christmases. awesome right on target I would really like to know who you are.  we don't do Christmas the only thing we do is are B- day and thanks giving nothing else . God Bless you very much, would love to here from you.

 

Hello Again Rebecca:

 

Thank you for the compliment, but it is only by and through the Holy Spirit who has taught me well, and has guided me for the last 30+ some years in studying His Word.  I give Him all the credit for any knowledge that I might have, I asked and He taught me, plus giving me more knowledge than what I even asked for.  I thank Jesus daily for the knowledge of His Word.

 

Christmas?  We do not do man’s holidays, or their holydays.  There is no such thing scripturally!  We don’t even know the date Jesus was born, yet man runs around celebrating they know not what.  The religious say they celebrate His birth, others say they celebrate the season of giving gifts.  It’s merely a pagan holiday.   No where did the Apostles celebrate the birth of Jesus, and they probably knew the time He was born, but they not mentioned it any where in Scripture.  It serves no purpose.  It is His death, the shedding of His blood and His resurrection that is important to us – because He died for us, He died for all men that they might one day live again with Him for all eternity.  People today would rather celebrate a holiday than accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  I wish I could shout it from the roof tops – ACCEPT AND BELIEVE ON JESUS AND BE SAVED – REPENT OF YOUR SIN – but no one wants to listen.  Everyone is out there doing his/her own thing.  But, one thing for sure though, for every person whose name is written and remains in the Book of Life, and Jesus knows who they are, they will be in heaven for all eternity with Him.

 

Rebecca, keep looking up!  Jesus is coming soon!  Amen!

 

If you have any questions or just want to fellowship in the Lord Jesus, write again – I’m here for you until the Lord takes me home – I’m 75 years in age – I could be going home with the Lord soon.  My wife’s name is Norma, she also communicates with many young women, is 71 years young and my helpmate.  Thank you again for writing!  May you be blessed in Him, always!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        Knowing what you believe

FROM:        Louis O.

 

 

You just don't know the history of the Christian traditions and beliefs and where or how they originated! The Chiristian traditions and beliefs were copied from Mithras! This is a historical fact! The Mithras beliefs and traditions began 4000 years before Christianity existed! Of course I know you will not believe this historical fact, you will only believe what you want, just like all the other Christians. As I said, Christian beliefs and traditions is copied from 4000 years before Christ with no doctrine of it's own making! Believe it or not!

                                                                           Louis O.

 

Hello Louis:

 

Thank you for writing! 

 

Louis, I’ve studied Christianity from it’s beginning, from Adam and Eve in the Garden, who set aside the Word of God for their own pleasures, to the “religious” zealots who have done the same, setting aside the Word of God for their own pleasures.  Certainly, paganism I know along with Satan, who continually attacks the Word and those who follow it.

 

You need to do your home work.  Stay away from man’s history, unless you can prove it, because it’s a known fact that TRUE Christianity took nothing from Mithraism beliefs.  Your “Mithraism” is of Satan, just like what happened in the garden (deception), and just like what is happening today in the religions of men (more deception). 

 

Louis, man’s “religion” today, which is taken for “christianity” but, is NOT, uses the things that are pagan in their religious tradition, which became incorporated into “religious christianity”, NOT TRUE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY.  All of the religious traditions and rituals directly contradict the Word of God. 

 

It is in the eyes of Almighty God, that all true followers of Jesus Christ are those who rely solely upon Jesus Christ for eternal life, rather than upon any man-made tradition, ritual, hierarchy, or even a person’s own good works, though they die, yet will they live eternally with Him.  This is faith!  For by grace are we saved through faith! (Ephes. 2:5, 8)

 

Read the Word in King James AV only, it’s the true history.  Your soul is at stake!  Whether you believe it or not!

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

 

 

LOUIS' RESPONSE:

 

You said, Louis, I’ve studied Christianity from it’s beginning. Tell me, where did you get your information for your studies?

What proof do you have that the information you received is true? I would be interested to know how you can prove to me that you know what you are talking about or teaching.

                                                                                 Louis O.

RAYMOND'S ANSWER TO RESPONSE FROM LOUIS:

Hello again Louis:

My information for my studies is straight from the Word of God, taught to me by the Holy Spirit, not of any man.  As a teacher of the Word, I must teach the True Gospel by the Spirit of God who works in my life.  Every follower of Christ IN belief and deed acknolwedges full allegiance to the Holy Spirit's teaching through the Word of God.  And, only Scripture therefore records for us the apostolic teaching and the final revelation of God by His Son Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit.

I shall not attempt to prove anything to you, for that is not possible.  Also, no one can present enough evidence to FORCE you or anyone else to read the New Testament if they are determined not to!

Louis, I’m 75 years of age, a retired police chief of 30 years with 2 degrees, which is of no importance to what I have been taught in the Word by the Holy Spirit.  Man’s papered degrees prove nothing.

If you are involved in, or even believe Mithra, you probably are an atheist.  If not, more likely a skeptic of the Bible and those who teach it.  I can only tell you that the Bible challenges every reader to test it (1 Thessalonians 5:21).   I did, and my life changed when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour by faith through His Grace.

In Jesus Christ,
Raymond

 

RESPONSE FROM LOUIS:

 

You said in your response to "Knowing what you believe), and my question about where you get your information. "My information for my studies is straight from the Word of God, taught to me by the Holy Spirit, not of any man".

 

I have heard this statement from a lot of people like the fellow who had all his people commit suicide by drinking poisoned kool-aid "God told me this or that". And you know, he is not the only one who said God told me to do it. There have been many brain numb people who said the same thing.

 

I must tell you I am not an atheist. I know there is an all knowing supreme being who created this universe and all that is in it. 

I am 79 years old and was influenced by Christian beliefs until I realized that something was wrong because of all the different denominations with different beliefs, so I started researching and studing for many years to find the truth. Then, I started checking out the Bibles (and there are many), with their contradictions, (and there are many). So if you don't know there are contradictions in the Bibles, check it out for yourself. If you are interested I will send you a few of the many contradictions in it. Tell me what Bible you use.

 

I know I must sound harsh to you, but I have to tell it like it is. I am not a fake. I only say what I say to try and get you to see the truth.  

 

By the way, what "brand" of beliefs (religion) do you belong to? 

 

                                                            In the love of God,

                                                                                            Louis O.

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Hello Louis:

I can easily understand where you are coming from!  I also have been there, trying to figure out where all these different denominations came from with multitudes of different beliefs.  I, like you, began studying about all these religions (denominations) and where their beliefs came from and who started their religion.  I too was influenced by “religious” beliefs. 

 

The statement I made about my studies being straight from the Word of God are truth.  As far as any man following me? . . . I do not ask people to follow me, they should not.  What every person needs is the Holy Spirit to teach them also, so they can follow the Word, Jesus Christ.  If any one says “God told me to do it” I also would not believe that person, because God does not directly communicate with any man.  God uses His Son Jesus Christ, the Word, through His Spirit, and He left us His Spirit to teach us through His Word.

 

The truth comes from the Holy Spirit in the Word – the King James Authorized Version., and it is the best Greek translation we have today, and that is what I use and believe it to be the inspired Word of God, for Scripture claims that the Bible is not the words of man but the inspired Word of God – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16.   Read my articles on the King James Bible - http://godsswordoftruth.coml/thebiblekingjames1611.htm

Also:  http://godsswordoftruth.com/analizinggospeltransitions.htm

All my writings are from what the Holy Spirit has taught me through the Word.  Also read my State of Faithhttp://godsswordoftruth.com/faithsta.htm

You should read my articles: http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html  to see where I am coming from, and I don’t ask you to follow what I write, just read them.  I would hope that you follow the Word, Jesus Christ, for HE is ALL you, I, or anyone else needs for salvation, by His Grace through faith.  It’s free!  It’s what Jesus Christ gave us – period! 

 

Louis,  I came OUT of ALL religion – with the following short history of why.  Began in the Catholic religion at infant baptism (Catholic parent decision), attended Catholic schools, then entered Notre Dame Seminary becoming a Brother  taught by the Jesuits.  Years later, after searching out the things I had been taught, what I was doing in the Catholic religion and why I believed what they were teaching, I found it to be all lies and deception.  No sooner leaving the Catholic religion I got involved in other religions, listening to pastors, preachers, even studying different bibles.  All of which (I didn’t know at the time) were stepping stones in my search for the truth. 

 

Louis, at our age, we both know that the world we live in is filled with a multiplicity of “faith’s”.  I call them “religious beliefs”.  What we were both influenced in is NOT Christian beliefs, but rather denominational religion or again, “religious beliefs”.  Nearly everyone today calls themselves “Christian”, but NOT SUCH are they! 

 

How do these so-called-christians know what is right or what is true…they all seem to agree that there is “a god” and that one can be accepted by that “god” by doing certain rituals, believing certain traditions and practicing their own religion.  It’s the fallen nature of man that loves his/her religion, it bolsters their ego and develops their self esteem.  In other words, they sure feel good on Saturday or Sunday after having attended “church”, “temple”, “community”, or “whatever”, praising their “god” together in repetitious prayer, raising their hands or singing their songs.  Religion is nothing more than man trying to reach God by his own deeds.  I was there, believing to be “Christian”.  I wasn’t!  I was “religious”, and religion is nothing more than man’s way of trying to reach God by his own deeds!  All religions invented by man try to please their creator without ever knowing if they are sure about what they believe and have been taught, but only hope its true.  But, they all have one thing in common.  The Bible calls each one a Thief and a Robber - John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”  That Door is Jesus Christ only as in John 10:9, and John 14:6.

So, as you have read, I do not attend any religious denominations of man, as none of the religions of today know Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  There are no religions (denominations) in heaven, just “Christians”, those who believe in Him and follow His Word.  And, the Gospel is the opposite of “religion” - it humbles the pride of man and changes his focus from SELF or being RELIGIOUS dependent to being JESUS CHRIST dependent.  He is the ONLY reason I’m here, to help seekers of His Word, to teach them what He has done for them.  I can NOT save anyone!  

 

I must also sound harsh to those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, and I must tell it like it is according to His Word.  It is up to each person what they believe.  I speak out against false teachers, those who do not adhere to the Word, those speaking lies who degrades His truth, perverts His Word, and blasphemes Jesus Christ.  I love all souls and want all souls saved, but again, I cannot save anyone.  If only all souls would believe in and love Jesus Christ as I do, they would keep His Word … John 14:23-24.

 

Louis thanks for writing!  I’m here . . .

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

RESPONSE FROM LOUIS:

 

Sounds like you are on the right track to knowing truth. I have something I am going to send you, but 

I don't expect you are going to believe it. It is quite lengthy so it may take a while to load. Besides this that I am going to send I have more information on the Christian religious beliefs and traditions. 

                                                               Louis O.

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

 

Louis:

 

Read your own letter – you are no different than a false prophet, except you are NO prophet and Satan has tricked you. 

 

True faith comes from the Word of God.  Mithraism is nothing more than an ancient myth, rather than early Christianity, and is a cult of Satan.  The so-called facts and history you sent to me of not of the Lord, and is NOT supported by fact.  You need the Holy Spirit to teach you.

 

There is only ONE God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, being ONE of which you could not understand.

 

Forget Mithra, his religion and his history!   Mithraism saves no one, cannot be proven as fact.  You have been discerned with your false religious cult!

 

Louis, you need to be “born again”, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of your sin, and put Christ in the center of your life.

 

Many religions use something pagan in their own religious tradition, which became incorporated into “religious” Christianity, NOT TRUE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY.  All of these traditions and rituals contradict the Word of God.  That is why religion is NOT Christianity.

 

Read my articles on the web – http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

 

Faith is not based on facts of history, but IS divine truth of the Creator and you can rest and build upon it. 

 

I do not attack, I report and warn as it is, and what I say can be backed up by the Holy Spirit according to the Word. 

 

My soul is in good hands, as it is built upon the “ROCK”,  the Rock of my salvation, the cornerstone of my faith , and that Rock was my Saviour, Jesus Christ (I Cor. 10:4).  My eternity is set and has been from the beginning, as the Lord knew me before I was born!  That is Fact!  My faith is in Him (Jesus Christ), NOT men like in Satan’s history. 

 

If you have a desire to know more truth, write again, and I will help you with the Lord’s truth, the reason I’m still here, to teach others the WAY – and I’m nothing more than a voice crying out, to repent and be born again NOW!  Before it is too late!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

RESPONSE FROM LOUIS:

 

As the title of this mail says, "KNOWING what you believe"! You BELIEVE what you do, but you don't KNOW it is true!  And there is no way you can prove that it is! And if you have any sense at all, you know you can't. Your mind have been altered by your own thinking! Some people can think right and some can't.There is one thing you should know though, (but you don't), you are truly a lost soul with your false beliefs, and the proof is in the pudding, as the old saying goes. Sorry for you Raymond.

I have given you enough proof about faith, beliefs, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit being one that is false, and a lot of other things, but you will not accept it just like all the other religious fanatics who are lost souls and don't realize it because their mind has been altered by those false doctrines. Peoples warped mind is what keeps them from knowing truth! 

                                                  Louis O.    

 

RESPONSE FROM RAYMOND:                                                    

 

Sir:  Jesus Christ is Lord, I trust Him and His Word, NOT you or your religion.  Satan is clever, but so am I, I rebuke you both!  Please do not send anything else to me, any information from you will be blocked.

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond

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SUBJECT:        Judge not lest ye be judged

FROM:        Vicki B.

 

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone!!

 

May God Have Mercy on You.   Your article teaches hate and intolerance.

 

Shame on you for putting yourself in God's place and judging others who don't worship God and Jesus in the same manner as you.  

 

A crucifix is not an idol, it is a symbol.  I do not worship any idols.  The statues of what catholics use were at one time REAL people.  Not made up.  We ask them to pray for us and with us.  We do not pray for them to relieve us of our sins.  We pray to God through Jesus Christ just like other Christian religions, we just honor those who have devoted their lives to his good works,  not by praying TO THEM, but asking them to pray FOR US and WITH US.  

 

There's never enough prayer for one person.  God doesn't hate the Catholics any more than I believe he hates any other Christian. 

 

I won't judge you or your beliefs, so leave mine alone in return and don't teach your hate and accuse us of worshiping idols and images.  None of them are false.  Everyone of them actually existed and deserve the acknowledgment we give them.  I think that if you and I were  to face the Lord at the same time  my chances of getting through the gates of heaven are just as good, if not better than yours.  I don't judge.  You obviously do.  Something Jesus himself frowned upon.

 

We are supposed to spread the good works of Christ.  All Christians, including Catholics.  Your method is not exactly what I think he had in mind.

 

Hello Vicki:

 

Thank you for writing! 

 

Vicki, I am a teacher, servant, and disciple of the Holy Spirit, who has taught me by the Word of Jesus Christ, and guided me in all things through his Word.  As the Word says:  “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man.  Neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12)


The Lord Jesus Christ commanded, “Judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24)  The Apostle Paul wrote, “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say” (I Cor. 10:15)  “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…” (I Cor. 2:15)  Even the Lord Jesus warned and commanded us to: “Beware of false prophets” (Matthew 7:15)  How could anyone possibly know a false prophet, or false teacher for that matter, unless they judged their fruit (Matthew 7:16).  And, in judging the “fruits,” we must judge by God’s Word what is good and true, or what is false teaching.


I discern false teachings, not because I say so, but because the Lord Jesus says so. He rebuked the religious Pharisees in Matthew 12:34.  He called them and the scribes: “hypocrites”, “blind guides”, “whited sepulchers”, “within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness”, “full of hypocrisy and iniquity”, “generation of vipers” (Matthew 23:23-33)


 We are to try every spirit to see if they are of the Lord: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1).  We are to rebuke all false teachers for compromising the Scripture which Jesus gave us – “Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that run from the truth.” (Titus 1:13-14).

 

Vicki, I love people, their souls, but not religions of men.  Jesus Christ tells us there is ONLY 1 WAY“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) and if anyone tries to enter another way, “the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).   How are we to worship?  Jesus tells us: “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 5:23-24)

 

Vicki, the Lord is very specific in the way that He wants to be worshipped! He has not given us permission to worship Him in just any way that seems right to us. He warns His people specifically in the above verses, and this is clearly within the context of adopting pagan practices in conjunction with worshipping Him. Asking statues to pray for you or WITH YOU is still idolatry: replacing the true worship of God with a false one.  These statues of real people (living or dead) are unworthy of worship, or anyone praying to them, or ASKING (PETITIONING) them to pray for you, THEY CANNOT PRAY FOR YOU OR WITH YOU, as they are DEAD PEOPLE – “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.” (Acts 17:29)  “Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools.  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man,…(Romans 1:22-23)  Why on earth would anyone need a dead person’s intercession?  Did not Christ ALONE atone for “all” of our sins?  Is He not the Intercessor who, by His suffering, redeemed us from all unrighteousness?  No one, but Jesus Christ Himself, can intercede for a living person.  You can only reach the Father through Jesus Christ by His Spirit, as He is the ONLY ONE who can intercede for the saints (those saved).


See Romans 8:26-28“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”  This is the Spirit which helps our weaknesses, not souls of the departed!  And the key here is, according to the will of God, NOT the will of man, nor the will of the dead interceding for the living, or the living interceding for the dead….AS IF THIS WERE POSSIBLE!  IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!


Most Catholics, like yourself, are uncomfortable with the phraseology, and so they and you insist that they pray “WITH” the saints, not “TO” them, ASKING THEM TO “PRAY FOR US AND WITH US”.  There is no communication between the living and the dead, therefore, neither the petitions nor prayers of the living, nor the petitions or prayers of the dead, profit one or the other.  As is so vividly illustrated by our Lord in His parable of Lazarus in Luke 16:20-31.  However, if one is communicating, or attempting to seek out or pursue the dead in any way, they are by very definition, practicing Necromancy.  This is the pagan religious practice which is customary in nearly all pagan religions.


Vicki, read what your Catholic religion teaches: In The Constitution on The Sacred Liturgy, the Second Vatican Council says:  “The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they may be venerated [worshipped] by the faithful is maintained” (no.125).  Evidently you do not agree with your own religion, as you said above: ‘we just honor those who have devoted their lives to his good works,  not by praying TO THEM, but asking them to pray FOR US and WITH US’.  Do you actually know how to pray?  Read Matthew 6:7-8: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before YE ASK HIM. (My emphasis underscored and caps).

 

Vicki, have you forgotten all the countless books, booklets, leaflets and cards that bear words to use when invoking the aid/intervention of some one of the thousands of demigods who make up the pantheon of Catholic saints. Are you forgetting the millions of offertory candles burning before the images of Mary, Michael, Joseph, etc., and the like? Have you forgotten all the sightings of men, women and children kneeling before such an image with heads bowed, hands clasped in prayerful attitude, as they fervently mouth heartfelt pleadings or tender sincere thanks to the spirit of the person the image represents. Catholics do not pray to saints?  Come on Vicki, I once was Catholic!  Put down your Catechism and pick up the Bible, King James Bible, the Word.

 

Obviously Rome could care less what the word of God has to say! Maybe she should read 1 Corinthians 5:11 which tells us “not to keep company...[with] idolaters", as does 1 Cor. 10:19,20. Or maybe read 1 Corinthians 10:14 warning us to “flee from idolatry”? 1 John 5:21 tells us to “keep yourselves from idols” and Acts 14:15 PLAINLY says: “… why do ye these things:  We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.” and 1 Thessalonians 1:9 directs us to “turn” from idolatry.  Vicky, your idols deserve NO acknowledgement, they are all dead, and have already been judged.  They can do nothing for you.  For you to ask these idols (statues) to pray for you and with you is an abomination before the Lord.  Read Acts 14:8-20.


I keep harping on this, but, I need you to open the bible and read these things for yourself, just as I did when searching for the truth and led by the Holy Spirit.  Go to the Word and look at Acts 14:8-20 – when Paul and Barnabas went to Lystra and healed the cripple, the people mistook them for gods (Jupiter and Mercurius). When Paul and Barnabas heard of this: “…they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things?  We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein”.

Vicki, do you really believe that men such as Paul who rebuked these idolaters, or Peter who rebuked Cornelius, would ever want an image of themselves erected in “honor” of them?  Even the angels refuse such nonsense!   “And I John saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I FELL DOWN TO WORSHIP BEFORE THE FEET OF THE ANGEL which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, SEE THOU DO IT NOT: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: WORSHIP GOD.” (Rev.22:8-9) (Emphasis mine).


Is it any wonder that our Savior says, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:8-9); and “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” (Mark 7:9) and “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13) Vicky, human nature is rebellious, doing only what it wants to do, even when told by Jesus Himself to do things differently – read Romans 8:7.


Jesus says: “Ye worship ye know not what:” (John 4:22)   Even though one may discover bits and pieces of truth, he still ends up worshipping ye knows not what!  

Again, Vicki read (John 14:6). Christ is the only mediator. He (NOT asking others to pray for us, for they CANNOT) puts us directly in touch with God by taking away the sins that separated us, so that we can go DIRECTLY TO HIM.

 

Vicki, thank you! Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ has had mercy on me when He shed His blood and died once for the forgiveness of sin, and not just for me but for all men.  I shall continue to teach HIS Word in the way that the Holy Spirit directs and guides me in.  And, Vicki, ALL Christians do NOT include Catholics.  Besides, there are no Catholics in heaven, just the “body of Christ”, those who are “born again” and LIVE HIS WORD.

 

Vicki, you complain about me judging, yet you have just judged me!  Think about it!


1 Corinthians 2:12 -13 – “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

I will stay with the WORD of GOD.

Faith unfeigned endured until the end!!!

In Jesus Christ above ALL,

Raymond

 

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SEPTEMBER 2005


SUBJECT:        (none)

FROM:       Erik

 

i saw ur website, and honestly u scare me. If you think that harry potter was written for the devil and that mork and mindy is satanic then you have lost all touch with reality. 

Hello Erik:    My answers to you are in blue as follows


Thanks for writing!  Fearing things other than God causes, or is, a direct result of sin, even if you believe that I scare you.  Just remember, fear of external things, people or circumstances is not walking as Christ walked.  Read Matthew 26:69-75, as it gives an account of Peter’s denial of Jesus resulting from his fear of man.  Do not fear me Erik, “…but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28.


God gives us strong and clear commands about witchcraft and sorcery: it is a sin, it is an abomination before God, and the Harry Potter books certainly make sorcery and witchcraft enticing to the reader.  And there is a potential spiritual danger in the way the writer makes witchcraft so appealing to some people, especially the younger crowd.


Needless to say, you seem like a very good person who wouldn't hurt anyone and u seem like a excellent christian, i just think u take it way to far. Yeah tarot and that stuff kinda freaks me out, and i tend to stay away from it but reading a book about fantasy or something that isnt real doesn’t necessarily make it evil. Granted their are evil things in books like harry potter and the hobbit and what have u, but in these books and most of the television shows you mention it is a struggle between good and evil and the good usually wins. i wonder what ur opinion is on that?

 

It’s not a matter of being a good person, or as you say, I take it too far?  I’m a sinner Erik, saved by God’s grace.  Do you not know that Harry Potter novels and movies accurately depict real witchcraft, and accurately promote its values and attitudes?  You say it’s about fantasy, or something that isn’t real doesn’t necessarily make it evil?  Do you have any idea as to what you are saying?  Do you even know Jesus Christ as your Savior?  Or, are you religious?  Read Gal. 5:20:-21 – “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:…that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”  You say it’s simply a struggle between good and evil, and good usually wins?  That is a lie of Satan!   Do you think astral projection, curses, use of amulets in protecting people from curses, the basilisk serpent, the phoenix bird, demonic possession to achieve spells, and etc., depicted in the Harry Potter books are just struggles between good and evil?  These things are all evil.  Eventually, things can happen to those involved in either reading these books or watching these movies, and they are quite serious.  They can enter into different stages of Satanism: no longer a moral conscience; begin to possess a peculiar kind of instability which makes them ready to try drugs, and play with witchcraft; have a fear about certain things; believe they are strong and can say or do anything when what they have is a moral weakness.  Yet, you say this isn’t real, it’s about “fantasy” and good always wins?  Well, how do you explain all these little 6-8 year olds dressing up like witches and wizards, having thunderbolts drawn in the center of their foreheads, emulating Harry and his friends?  But, as you would say, not to worry, it’s all fantasy?  I say it’s Satan and his evil demons and you are patronizing Satan.  You haven’t begun to see the real struggle between good and evil, just wait until the Lord returns – then there will be a real battle between good and evil, and this will be one time when “good” will truly win.


I can think of only one response.... that you think that sense god doesn’t judge us on our good or evil deeds and only on our faith that the fact that these shows deal with good and evil deeds and not in faith make them evil.


The Word tells us that “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Therefore, anything NOT in faith is sin!  If the Lord isn’t in it, Satan is…there is NO middle of the road – one must be hot for Christ, not cold or lukewarm.  I’m a fanatic when it comes to the truth of Jesus Christ, the Word.  Jesus said, "…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6).  “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.” (Heb. 11:6).


Anyways this is rambling on and i just wanted to email you to let you know that the world isnt all that bad, there are a lot of good people out there, and we all sin, but that doesnt mean we have to be so wrapped up with sinning that we dont live and enjoy life, have fun, watch something with magic and aliens in it, it's interesting stuff, but always have faith in god and ask for forgiveness of ur sins.      God bless you and chill out!


Don’t you know that all the nations will be deceived by the sorceries of men? (Revelation 18:23).  This world is going to hell, it is evil and Satan is its prince! 


You say that
‘the world isn’t all that bad’ and the Word tells us that “…the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (I John 5:19).  God allowed Satan to become the "god of this world" who has “blinded the minds of them which believe not…” (2 Cor.4:4).  Thus all of mankind came under Satan’s rule and became his slaves. Between that day and the present, Satan and his demons have been the highly organized behind-the-scenes manipulators.  Where have you been?  And, I will not chill out, it’s for all eternity!  Don’t you even care about your soul?  I’m ready to spend an eternity with Jesus Christ, my Creator.  For the Word says:  "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (John 15:19, KJV).


Truly, the End of the Age, with all its spiritual deception is upon us, and is reaching full gale-force winds.  Are you spiritually ready?  Where will you spend eternity?


“Let no man deceive himself.  If any man among you sseemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (I Cor. 3:18-19)  “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Cor. 2:14)


Erik, what do you think faith is, a way to manipulate the Lord?  It is not a power (like that in Harry Potter movies) by which you can make the Lord do what YOU want – and it’s not a kind of magic through which we make Him into our servant!  Anyone who doesn’t believe the Word, Jesus Christ, inevitably believes in something else: either religious tradition, science, Harry Potter books and movies, the educational system, or the mixed up media.  The Word says: “Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools.” (Romans 1:22).  In fact, those who do not fully believe the Word, Jesus Christ, end up believing the devil somewhere along the way.  Satan speaks through many people, religions, philosophies, books, and movies without ever declaring himself openly.  Not too many people actually know this, but they are trusting the words of Satan and his evil demons, especially when they are involved in Harry Potter books, movies, Mork & Mindy, doesn’t matter who or what, and even if someone thinks its just fun.  Get real!  Don’t you know that those who believe or even enjoy magic, aliens, books and movies of deception and the New Age teachings are being set up to by Satan to accept most anything?  Erik, we are in a time of great deception that the Lord said would come upon the whole earth to try those who do not love His truth but choose to believe the lies of Satan.  The root of these deceptions have already been planted in the guise of Harry Potter books and movies, Mork & Mindy, etc., you name it and it’s part of this world and Satan’s deception.  I’m hard on Satan’s deception and want no man to be deceived.  It’s time that all men make a choice – it’s either Jesus Christ or Satan, good or evil.  Make the right choice and accept Jesus as your Saviour today, before it’s too late.  I’m concerned for your soul. 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        AA and Jesus

FROM:        Tom

 

Hello Tom:  My answers to you are in blue as follows

 

Raymond,

Thank you for comments on your website. I appreciate the fact that you back your comments with scripture. I am an active AA member and also a member of God's family. I have struggled with the principles of AA using the "higher power" terminology. However, I believe the founders intent was to bring people to AA regardless of the "beliefs".


When using Scripture – it is the Word that cuts and divides!  Amen!  I don’t quite understand when you say:
“I have struggled with the principles of AA using the “higher power” terminology”.  Well, you struggle with their terminology, yet you remain.  You also say that you believe it was “the founders intent to bring people to AA regardless of the “beliefs”.  Of course it was!  Satan is clever – bringing people of all religions together, regardless of their beliefs…and “The early members had firmly believed, recovery work was to be their life's avocation - for free. “No pay for soul-surgery" was an Oxford Group idea. To reclaim lives and "fix rummies" without thought of reward was their tradition. Yet Hank was stressing the millions of dollars to be earned - a dream also shared by Bill.”  Taken from the book by Mitchell K.  “How It Worked”, the Story of Clarence H. Snyder, Chapter 4:1.  Any man, even those of the past, who believed that they were doing surgery on the soul, when only the Word says: “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)  The beliefs taught, and the words spoken and written by the AA of old and even the modern day AA  has limited the true healing power of Jesus Christ on addicts.  Why?  Because the members believe in, put their trust in, AA rather than Jesus Christ.  Remember, NO MAN can do soul surgery or reclaim lives.  ONLY Jesus Christ can save the soul and reclaim lives.  God the Father sent the WORD [Jesus Christ] to heal man through HIS WORD!  The engrafted Word needs to be planted in the heart, and then they can become confident  - “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  (Philippians 1:6).  Tom, put no confidence (of any kind) in man.

 

Through the process of "sobering up" - they would realize the Jesus is their "higher power". I am very aware that many people believe that by staying sober this is their salvation, hence they are saved. This is a lie from Satan. Only believing that Christ died for our sins by faith are we saved. This burden's my heart for those who choose not to believe in Christ. However, Christ has blessed me through the process of sanctification (which he will continue - I assure you), I believe that it is my responsibility to carry this message to the people of AA. The second step of AA is "Come to believe that a power greater than myself, may restore me to sanity". For many this is -  first Come – Then Come to - Then Come to believe. It is a process and many feel that church and religion has no place for them. Which you and I know is not truth.
 

I understand what you are saying, and many people could easily believe Satan’s lies in believing that staying sober is their salvation…it’s the same with those attached to their religious denomination, believing that as long as they remain faithful to their religion or denomination, they are saved…ALL LIES OF SATAN.  Now, I do agree with those who believe that church and religion has no place for them.  That is truth!  Religion and churches are not going to be their salvation, but BELIEVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ALONE, believing what He did for them, repenting of their sin and living Christ daily is what ONLY will save them.  By their remaining in AA, Satan will see to it that they have absolutely no hope other than AA, and he will gladly give them a place in hell.  ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN OFFER THEM LOVE, PEACE AND FREEDOM FROM BEING AN ADDICT of their sins.

 

There is a program called Celebrate Recovery - which uses the Twelve Steps of AA
based on scripture. Here they are -

THE TWELVE STEPS AND THEIR BIBLICAL COMPARISONS


TOM, I’M NOT SURE WHAT BIBLE WAS USED IN THIS COMPARISON BETWEEN THE TWELVE STEPS AND THE BIBLE, BECAUSE I FIND NO COMPARISON WHATSOEVER BETWEEN AA TWELVE STEPS AND THE WORD OF GOD.


1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors.  That our lives had become unmanageable.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  (Romans 7:18) 


2 - Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.  For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  (Philippians 2:13)

 

3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.  (Romans 12:1)

 

4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.  (Lamentations 3:40)

5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  (James 5:16a)

6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.   (James 4:10)

7 - Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)


8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.  (Luke 6:31)

9 - Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.  Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  (Matthew 5:23-24)

10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!  (1 Corinthians 10:12)

11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.  Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.   (Colossians 3:16a)

12 - Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all
our affairs. Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)



WHEREAS, THE BIBLE SAYS WE ARE ALL SPIRITUALLY DEAD IN SIN: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved). (Ephes. 2:5).  And, Galatians 6:1 has nothing to do with someone having a spiritual experience as the result of 12 steps of AA….YOU ARE CARRYING THE WRONG MESSAGE AND PRACTICING THE WRONG PRINCIPLES.  REMEMBER IT IS JESUS CHRIST AND JESUS CHRIST ALONE!  THAT’S THE MESSAGE AND HIS PRINCIPLES ARE WHAT WE MUST LIVE BY!
 

Tom, what has done here is to simply add Scripture to man’s 12 steps of AA which is like giving them a NEW GOSPEL…the kind of gospel that DOES NOT tell these addicts: Repent of their sins to Jesus Christ only; Recognize their own guilt of their sin of addiction; Know that the penalty of death is on them for continuing in sin… nor has any true explanation of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the tree been told to them.  This new kind of gospel along with AA’s 12 Step program allows people to continue to do what they want to do.  It's so easy.  All they need to realize is that "God" loves them as they are.  A small problem with this scenario is: who knows what "god" they have in mind when they place their belief in this NEW GOSPEL MESSAGE which has been attached to 12 Steps?

Tom, the Word of God alone illustrates the total bondage of the convicted sinner to his fleshly desires and passions.  It is sad that so many who call themselves Christians have misused the Bible to excuse their sins.  Those men who have set up and cultivated sanctimonious expression of speech and ways through AA’s 12 Steps certainly had no sense of sin in themselves, any more than of the freely given grace in God.  All they did was to make a fair show in the flesh, and never learnt their own ruin as sinners.


I would hate that people would shy away from some type of recovery program because of the comments made on this website. I believe that God's Word is truth. Jesus is the one and only that can save us from our sins. Please use caution when addressing peoples hurts and habits. God asks us to use Love when we are dealing with other people.


I would love for every soul on earth to shy away from every program that Satan gives man because of the comments on my site, because Jesus said: “…WHOSOEVER shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:33).  I will never deny His Lordship, but speak of Him freely.  And, yes, God’s Word is truth, (don’t do as I say, do as the Word says): "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).

Tom, Did Jesus use caution when He addressed sin (you call it habits – the Word calls it sin), even when they were truly hurting because of their sins?  No, HE DID NOT!  You say “use caution” when addressing peoples hurts and habits.  Did Jesus use caution when He gave His Sermon on the Mount?  Again, HE DID NOT…the Words of Jesus come forcefully to all men, read them.  “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”  Matthew 7:24-29.  Tom, I teach the Word…and any man who accepts the Word of Jesus Christ will be like the wise man in this Scripture. 

AA’s generic “god as you understand him to be” is idolatry, a false god of ones imagination.  As far as a Recovery Program – there is ONLY ONE – and that is to believe on JESUS CHRIST, repent of sin and live HIM every day!  We have absolutely no hope from any program on this earth or any other source.   John 3:36 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."  Jesus said: “…go and sin no more.” (John 8:11).  He didn’t say, “Go and gradually reduce the sinful behavior while following AA’s 12 Step program”, HE SAID “GO AND SIN NO MORE.”

Tom, the truth shall cut and divide…I love all souls and I rebuke them and warn them in love.  Jesus Christ is love and He is merciful, but He warns and rebukes us throughout the Word.  If we do as Jesus says He has mercy on us, if we do not then He has no mercy on us.  I shall continue to warn and rebuke in love - “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” (Col. 1:28-29). Time is short Tom, and yes, I use the Holy Spirit only in my guidance…for He shall give me what to say and when to say it.  Amen!


Thank you for your time.
In Christ Love,

Tom


Thank you for listening!

A teacher in Jesus Christ,

Ray


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SUBJECT:        the truth

FROM:        Tyler

 
Mr. Laginess,

If you have objections with the Catholic Church that is fine; everyone has the right to his opinion.  However, you should at least be honest when arguing your case.

For instance, you state that, "Mary has been made equal to Jesus by the Catholic Church."  This is simply not true.  The Church teaches that Jesus Christ alone suffered and died to redeem mankind and it is only through Christ's Passion that mankind finds his salvation.  Mary was a meer mortal and thus provides no path to salvation.

You also state that Catholics believe they can earn their way into heaven through good works.  This too is untrue.  No amount of good works without faith in God and His son Jesus Christ.  However, if a person is truly a Christian and is led by the Holy Spirit then he will feel compelled to good works.  Therefore, good works are a natural consequence of God's grace--not a means of attaining it.

You should do a more thorough examination of Church teaching before forming an opinion on it and publishing it as the truth.  You will be doing all sides a favor by doing so.

May the Lord bless and keep you

Tyler:

 

The only thing I can offer you is the proof from the Catholic church itself by their own statements and formal Catholic documents which they present to the world to see, that Mary is considered a mediator and advocate by the Roman Catholic Church.  In Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, chap. 8, II, 62, pp.382-383: “…therefore the blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix”. 

The Catholic Catechism also states that Mary is the CO-MEDIATOR to whom Catholics can entrust their cares and petitions – Paragraph No.s 968-970, 2677

968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. "In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior's work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace."

969 "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."

970  "Mary's function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin's salutary influence on men . . . flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it." "No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source."

2677 Holy Mary, Mother of God: With Elizabeth we marvel, "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Because she gives us Jesus, her son, Mary is Mother of God and our mother; we can entrust all our cares and petitions to her: she prays for us as she prayed for herself: "Let it be to me according to your word." By entrusting ourselves to her prayer, we abandon ourselves to the will of God together with her: "Thy will be done."

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the "Mother of Mercy," the All-Holy One. We give ourselves over to her now, in the Today of our lives. And our trust broadens further, already at the present moment, to surrender "the hour of our death" wholly to her care. May she be there as she was at her son's death on the cross. May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise.

WHEREAS THE BIBLE, THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5); “And whatever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13-14); “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7).


As you saw in number 2677 above, where the Catholic church says we should entrust ourselves to Mary, even surrendering “the hour of our death, wholly to her care”.   WHEREAS THE BIBLE SAYS:  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).


Tyler, I and all who truly know Jesus Christ as their Saviour accept the Bible as our sole authority, that Jesus Christ alone is Mediator and Redeemer of all men, not Mary as co-redeemer or co-mediatrix.  You are correct when you say that Mary was a mere mortal and thus provides no path to salvation.  The true Mary of the Word of God was truly a blessed woman, who obeyed her Son, Jesus Christ.  The catholic “mary” is a pagan goddess worshipped by millions, and “Ye worship ye know not what” John 4:22

Tyler, you have been sold a useless bill of goods, therefore being just as deceived as I WAS as a Catholic and Holy Cross brother.  I know the truth NOW about the church of lies, a pagan religion.  I also know the TRUTH of the WORD OF GOD.  There are no Catholics in heaven or ever will be, that is, unless they reject the false dogma and come out of her (Catholic religion), repent of their sins to the Lord (not a priest) and accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and live Him every day PLUS NOTHING ELSE (no sacraments), then they shall be saved, but NOT by believing the Catholic religion or its dogma. 

 

Catholics do believe they can earn their way to heaven by cooperating with Grace through faith,  good works and the Sacraments, in other words, and according to the Catechism, Catholics cannot have salvation without the so-called “works” of the Sacraments...this is what the Catechism of the Catholic church states:


183 Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself affirms: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mk 16:16).

1129 The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. "Sacramental grace" is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.

1815 The gift of faith remains in one who has not sinned against it.80 But "faith apart from works is dead":81 when it is deprived of hope and love, faith does not fully unite the believer to Christ and does not make him a living member of his Body.
 

WHEREAS THE BIBLE TELLS US that salvation is attained by Grace through faith APART from works: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  (Ephes. 2:8-9)…good works are the result, not the cause, of salvation: “For we are his workmanship, crated in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephes. 2:10)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the sacraments are necessary channels for the continual infusion of Grace, and they bestow grace in virtue of the rite performed.  See Part 2, Section 1 ARTICLE 2 which states in IV. THE SACRAMENTS OF SALVATION:

1127 Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify.48 They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son's Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

1128 This is the meaning of the Church's affirmation49 that the sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: "by the very fact of the action's being performed"), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that "the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God."50 From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them

1129 The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.51 "Sacramental grace" is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature52 by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.

WHEREAS THE WORD OF GOD, THE BIBLE, TELLS US that the child of God is the object of the Father’s Grace: “THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

 

The Catholic Church teaches that Grace is merited by “good works” in the following:

 

2010 Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God's wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.

2027 No one can merit the initial grace which is at the origin of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods.


WHEREAS THE BIBLE, THE WORD, teaches us that GRACE IS A FREE GIFT IN ROMANS 11:6: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.  But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
 

Tyler, I have studied and examined the teachings of the Catholic religion for 60 years…and I’m in my 75th year, from a teenager (maybe before) until the present.  There is no opinion given here but what the Catholic church teaches (and you can check your own catechism and church documents on it) and what the truth is from the Bible, the Word.  Find the truth in His Word and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is our salvation – PLUS NOTHING ELSE. 

 

Born again in Jesus Christ (John 3:3)

Raymond Laginess 


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SUBJECT:        Hello

FROM:        Christina W.

 

 

HELLO CHRISTINA:  MY ANSWERS TO YOU ARE IN BLUE.


Ummm. . .Druids were around BEFORE Christianity. . .If you have ever ACTUALLY cracked a history book and studied archaeology. . .or is science part of the devil's scheme too? Anyways, the devil was first introduced to humanity through the bible, which hasn't been around forever. . .yet you knock the people who lived before it by saying they worshipped satan. . .Sorry, dude, your concept is wacked.

JESUS IS LORD!  YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU AE TALKING ABOUT.  SATAN “…DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD” (Rev. 12:9), AND AS A DECEIVER HE MAKES THINGS SEEM WHAT THEY ARE NOT.  AND, YOU CHRISTINA, BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN LUSTS CAN DECEIVE YOUR OWN HEART AND HELP SATANS’ WORK BECOME EASIER (JAMES 1:26).

I guess I'm going to hell, because I practice druidry. . .and shamanism. . .and *Gasp* I don't do bad things. I help people, I donate to charities, I clean up the community. . .and yet I'm still evil because I'm not Christian. There are plenty of people like you around here, and not one of them lifts a finger to help those in need. . .all they do is run around shoving bible -talk down people's throat.
 

IN JOHN 8:44 JESUS STATED TO THE HYPOCRITES OF HIS DAY, WHO CLAIMED TO BE SO HOLY AND RIGHTEIOUS…, “YE ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND THE LUSTS OF YOUR FATHER YE WILL DO.  HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, AND ABODE NOT IN THE TRUTH, BECAUSE THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM.  WHEN HE SPEAKETH A LIE, HE SPEAKETH OF HIS OWN: FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT.”

 

YOU CAN BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT, BUT DO NOT DELUDE YOURSELF OR OTHERS WITH THE NOTION THAT YOUR VIEWS ARE ALRIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…THEY ARE NOT!  AS FAR AS YOU GOING TO HELL?  SURE, YOU HAVE A FREE WILL AND YOU CAN CHOOSE WHATEVER ROAD YOU DESIRE.  IT WILL BE JESUS CHRIST THAT WILL CAST ALL UNBELIEVERS INTO HELL.  THIS IS WHAT THE TRUE WORD OF GOD SAYS: “AND WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.” (REVELATION 20:15)  JESUS LOVES YOU AND DOESN’T WANT YOU THERE, AND SO DO I LOVE YOU IN JESUS CHRIST AND DO NOT WANT YOU TO PERISH IN HELL.
 

YOU SAY:  “I guess I'm going to hell, because I practice druidry. . .and shamanism”


GALATIANS 6:7:  “BE NOT DECEIVED;  GOD IS NOT MOCKED; FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP, FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CURRUPTION; BUT HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERYLASTING.”  IF YOU SOW DRUIDRY AND SHAMANISM; YOU REAP THE LAKE OF FIRE!  SHAMANISM IS AN OCCULT PATH CLAIMING CONTACT WITH SUPERNATURAL ENTITIES WHICH PUTS YOU IN CONTACT WITH THE SPIRIT WORLD.  OUR LORD SAYS NOT TO USE DIVINATION, MAGIC, SORCERY OR ANY OTHER MEANS OF SPELL CASTING OR FORTUNE TELLING.  THERE ARE MANY SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE THAT CONFIRM THIS.  THESE WARNINGS ARE THERE FROM HIM SO THAT WE DO NOT GET DECEIVED BY SATAN AND HIS DEMONS. 


Maybe you ought to check out the historical origins of the bible. I hate to say it, but I probably know more about the bible than YOU do. I've read it 17 times, starting at the age of 10, and I'm only 19. I understand it and I know alot of it by heart. . .and I'm STILL not christian. . .hmmm. . .I wonder why.

 

YOU HAVE READ THE BIBLE 17 TIMES AND UNDERSTAND IT AND KNOW A LOT OF IT BY HEART, AND HAVE ONLY BEEN IN THIS WORLD FOR 19 YEARS?  I’M 75, TRY 100’S OF TIMES.  YOUR HEART IS DEAD YOUNG WOMAN! YOU SEE CHRISTINA, SATAN ALSO KNOWS THE SCRIPTURE FROM MEMORY. AND, WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST OR NOT, THEY ARE THE FINAL AUTHORITY AND YOU WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO EVERY WORD WRITTEN, ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH IN HIS WORDS OR YOUR REBELLION AGAINST THEM.  THIS IS NOT MY OPINION, BUT IS THE WORD OF GOD ON IT – AND SO IT IS WRITTEN:  “GOD FORBID: YEA, LET GOD BE TRUE, BUT EVERY MAN A LIAR; AS IT IS WRITTEN, THAT THOU MIGHTEST BE JUSTIFIED IN THY SAYINGS, AND MIGHTEST OVERCOME WHEN THOU ART JUDGED.” (ROMANS 3:4)


I don't sacrifice people and especially not animals, and I don't try to shove MY beliefs down everyone's throat. We are all on different paths to the same place. If your a good person and do good things, why should you be punished?

 

YOU CAME TO MY SITE – YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO READ OR NOT TO READ – AND NOT ALL ARE GOING TO THE SAME PLACE.  THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE DOING GOOD THINGS, BUT STILL GOING TO HELL. BUT, ALL YOU KNOW IS SATAN, WHETHER YOU ARE FOLLOWING HIM, BELIEVING IN HIM, WORSHIPPING HIM OR NOT, THE WORD SAYS YOU ARE EITHER A SERVANT OF GOD OR A SLAVE TO SATAN.  THERE ARE NO IN-BETWEENS.  CHRISTINA, SATAN HAS SUBSTITUTED A FALSE CHRIST AND DIABOLICAL CUSTOMS, AND THOSE WHO OBSERVE THESE PAGAN CUSTOMS AND REJECT THE TEACHING OF CHRIST SHOW BY THEIR ACTION THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT SALVATION REALLY IS!


That is the problem with the Christian religion. Murderers can suddenly "find Jesus" and be saved, but a good, hard working person is doomed to hell just because they aren't christian

ALL SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN, EVEN YOURS!  WHETHER YOU DECIDE TO ACCEPT HIM OR NOT, YOU WILL STILL STAND BEFORE HIM AND FACE HIM ONE DAY AT THE JUDGMENT WITH ALL THE OTHER HARD WORKING PEOPLE WHO WILL BE DOOMED TO HELL BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST.  TAKE IT ANY WAY YOU LIKE.
 

And don't say "Satan does this" And "Satan does that" Why can't we just blame ourselves? It's all good and safe to say "The devil made me kill that boy" but it's not ok to say that THEY did it. Them, on their OWN. Why does something else have to make them?
 

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A FREE WILL, IT’S YOUR CHOICE, AND YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO FOLLOW SATAN.   ALL THAT DO NOT FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS ARE OF THE DEVIL.  “NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS: FOR EITHER HE WILL HATE THE ONE, AND LOVE THE OTHER; OR ELSE HE WILL HOLD TO THE ONE, AND DESPISE THE OTHER.  YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MANNON.” (MATTHEW 6:24)
 

And if you do something bad, you should have to pay for it regardless of whether you "got saved" or not. You shouldn't just be forgiven.
 

THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR SIN!  BUT, AS I SAID EARLIER, ALL SIN CAN BE FORGIVEN WHEN ONE REPENTS OF IT AND ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR.


In our religion, Karma prevents you from doing anything bad, because if you do, it comes back to you three times worse. You don't get "forgiven".
 

HOW SAD!  JESUS FORGIVES AND FORGETS IT ALL – HE PAID THE PRICE FOR IT ON THE TREE!


And we believe that to give evil a name is to give it power. The more you blame evil on one entity, the more powerful it becomes.

 

WRONG!  YOU’LL SEE ONE DAY!


I didn't want to write you to bash your religion, it's your choice. If it fits you, that's great, keep at it. But please, just stop bashing me and my kind. We might be "evil" to you, but we still have feelings.


I DON’T BASH EITHER, I GET EVEN BY FORGIVING YOU!  IT IS JESUS WHO LOVED US AND DIED FOR US, HE HAD FEELINGS ALSO, EVEN THROUGH HIS CRUCIFIXION AND SHED BLOOD HE FORGAVE US AND DIED FOR ALL MEN.


Most people in my religion would just tell me I'm stupid for even writing you, that you'll just send me an email back and say never to email you again and that I'm going to hell. Well, if I am, then, according to your teachings, so are a whoooole bunch of other people, so at least I won't be alone.

 

With Love,

Christina

 

YOU ARE NOT STUPID, BUT YOUR SOUL NEEDS HELP.  AND, YES, A WHOOOOLLLE BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HELL, BUT NOT BECAUSE I SAY SO, BUT BECAUSE JESUS SAID SO: “AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.” (MATTHEW 10;28).  YOUR SOUL IS AN ETERNAL CREATION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BECAUSE I LOVE YOUR SOUL, I DO NOT WANT TO SEE IT SENT TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY.

CHRISTINA, YOU DO NOT KNOW JESUS WHO IS LOVE!  ALSO, YOUR WITCHCRAFT VIRUS DIDN’T WORK HERE!

 

IN JESUS CHRIST,

RAYMOND


CHRISTINA'S RESPONSE TO RAYMOND:

I didn't purposely go to your site. I got an email that said "go here, someone's saying something bad about you" and it directed me to your page. If I
am evil, then great, I'm evil. BOO! Hold your cross up to me and defend yourself against the great evil that is me. You don't even bother to talk to me
like a human being. . .You just want to talk to me like I'm a "lost soul" that needs to be saved. I emailed you in the hopes that you would talk to me like a  person, not like a scripture spitting preacher. The one thing that I agree with you about is the Catholic religion. I believe the Pope is the single most
powerful person on earth simply because he is the front man for the Catholic religion. It's nothing but a big business. For that amount of power to be in
the hands of one man. . .it's dangerous. Please, talk to me like a person, not like a lost soul.

With Love,
Christina

 

RAYMOND'S RESPONSE:

Hello Christina:

Please understand, I said nothing bad about you (as a person), Christina, on my web page.  I AM speaking to you as one human being to another, as I would my neighbor.  If you had read more on my web page (http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html), you would see who I am and what I believe, and that I am a teacher of the Bible, the Word of God, and that is what I am called to do.  Christina, true Christianity doesn’t seek to harm its neighbor, but rather seeks to obey the commandment of Jesus Christ in the New Testament: “…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Mark 12:31).  Therefore, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor (Romans 13:10).  And, I quote Scripture, mainly to say, it’s not me, Ray, saying this, but the Word of God is saying this, and it is beyond any doubt the only place where I have found truth in my entire life.  Christina, I have had a life changing experience with Jesus Christ and have seen violence, hate, crime against and persecution of more people than I could count.  I was a cop and saw it all.  I gave up my gun for the Sword of Truth, and now teach the Word of God instead of man’s legal laws (of which I still obey, unless it were to go against the Word of God), because I saw, in religion, as Catholic, the things the Bible warns us about. 


Christina, perhaps you do not understand that the Scripture is the complete, all-sufficient Word of God, and not just a bunch of writings done by man.  I recognized this years ago after much studying and believe it to be the authority given us by God for all men to live by, and men today have the New Testament, God’s solid truths to follow, no matter what battles they face.  I was one who rejected Christ for nearly ½ of my life, and I know the reason why.  Do you know why you have rejected Him for these 19 years of your life?  Is it for the same reason that I did?  I believed in and practiced the catholic “religion”, just as your own personal belief is in practicing “druidry” and “shamanism”.   I believed whatever they told me…how naïve I was!  I thought I was a good person, just as most people today believe they are good, but I failed miserably, just as millions of others do today, to realize my need for a Saviour who will cleanse me from my sin.  I was so busy looking at the world around me, even seeing the work of God (while deep into religion), but I stopped short of going any further to look for the Creator, because I was too busy looking at the creation itself.   As the Word says: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…” (Romans 1:25). That WAS what I was doing, worshipping the creature (creation) more than the Creator.


Today, Christina, I know, without any doubt, that I was practicing paganism and ritualism in my religion, very similar to what you practice in druidry and shamanism.  And that devil, the father of lies, along with his demon spirits are very shrewd today, mixing their lies with a sprinkling of truth, exactly the same way that they did when I believed their lies and was totally deceived.


I had to study, and then study more, everything I could get my hands on.  I was seeking, but I knew not what.  I was much like yourself, having read the Bible many times over, but never seeing what it was truly saying to me.  Today I know that I was seeking Jesus Christ, but not back then.  The Lord took me through a very long path because I had to know the truth, not only for myself, but the truth of the Word so that I could tell others about Jesus Christ and what He did for them on the cross, dying for their sins, as well as mine.

Christina, mankind has, since the Garden of Eden, come under Satan’s rule.  Perhaps you didn’t know that.  “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.” (Romans 6:16).  Their carnal minds rebelled then and continue to do the same today.

I know that you probably believe in what shamanism claims its methods will do for you; bring you personal power, spiritual enlightenment, greater harmony with nature, psychological insight, and physical healing.  I also know that shamanism leads to spirit possession and other forms of occult bondage. I have witnessed their so called surgical healings on TV, as an example: in shamanistic healing, or surgery, the acquiring of true health demands both the practitioner and patient to be "energized" by his or her "power animal," or spirit guide. Possession by one or more spirits for empowerment, enlightenment, personal health maintenance, and healing abilities is fundamental.  These Shamanistic practices involve pagan methods and beliefs that are forbidden by the Word, and, any person, even you, with a moderate amount of Biblical literacy should realize that occult practices are expressly prohibited in Scripture.  Remember, back in the beginning, I told you that I am a teacher of the Word of God, the Scripture…so Ray isn’t saying this, but the Word of God says it (of which I believe and teach), and the Scripture condemns by name these things; divination and soothsaying (remember the damsel who was possessed and freed from the evil spirit of divination, and Paul commanded that spirit to come out of her-Acts 16:16-17); Sorcery (Acts 13:8-10) where the Sorcerer was inflicted with blindness by the hand of the Lord; and the remainder in the following Scripture -  Galatians 5:19 -21 – “ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”  The Scripture condemns these things by name, and adding to these things we should not be surprised at God’s Word sharing further warnings to all:  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”   “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.  (2 Timothy 3:1-14).


You see Christina; the occult activity also courts deception and betrayal from the demonic realm, and promotes evil under the guise of legitimate religious practice (Druidry and Shamanism).  Occult involvement will eventually lead to eternal judgment for those who refuse to forsake it, and, “…shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

 

You and I are living in these end-times, seeing witchcraft being revived.  We see it in the movies and on TV every day.  And, even Harry Potter books, furthering Satan’s cause to destroy souls through more deception in its magic and sorceries.  These things are all inventions of Satan and can never be anything but evil of the first magnitude.  “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Rev. 9:21) and “…the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” (Rev. 18:23.).  You see Christina, the promoters of these wicked things the Bible speaks of have maintained a closed mind by never telling anyone what God’s word says about witchcraft and wizardry…and those who are involved have closed ears to hear.


Christina, the Lord Jesus Christ is real…please, please do not end up in damnation.  I can help you IF you so choose.  Open your ears and hear…just as Jesus said:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith…”  Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2: 29; Revelation 3:6, 3:13, and 3:22.    All those who WILL NOT HEAR, will one day wish they had never had the capacity of hearing any thing in this world, for they shall strongly regret the days they refused to hear the truth, but rather heard and believed the unrighteous and wicked frauds which were contrary to God’s truth.  His truth would have set them free through Jesus Christ.  But, they chose to be beguiled unwary and unstable souls, embracing the lies of Satan by submitting to his dominion…becoming willing subjects of the Druid Crafts which use the traditions of Druids, Wiccans, Witches and Pagans, Tarot, Herbs, Spells, Rune, Ogham, Circle and magic, even music, all much like Shamanism does, “…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” They heard the truth, but they did not love it!


Christina, we are in the “last days” prior to the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and are seeing every kind of evil spirit manifesting itself.  You see it every day, but perhaps are not recognizing it.


You said to talk to you like a person, not a “lost soul”.  Well, Christina, every soul in the world is hopelessly enslaved in sin and in need of salvation, meaning; every man is lost until he comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, knowing that Jesus came into this world “To seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).  I’m speaking about eternity here!  In love I speak these things to you.  Please, check it out for yourself about what I’m saying here…and come to Jesus Christ!  That will be the best decision you could ever make!  He’s waiting! 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        Awesome Teaching on Apostacy

FROM:        aloneandatpeace

 

Now  I need to understand:

 

Son of Perdition

 

Hello Aloneandatpeace:

 

Thank you for writing!  May we both be directed through the Scripture by His Holy Spirit the understanding as to who is the “Son of Perdition”:

 

Let’s look at 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2:

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

We see in 2 Thes. 2:3  - the “man of sin”, the “son of perdition”, the one that Paul writes about in above scripture is the same one that John wrote of in I John 2:18: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”  In 2 Thes. 2:3 we see that the “man of sin” and the “son of perdition” applies to “antichrist” who sits in the temple showing himself to be God.  Satan can more than perform his powerful works through deception, and he is great at his deceptions, being an imitator of Christ, and that old devil is exceedingly good at deceiving men, using his vehicle of deception as the master counterfeiter, “transformed into an angel of light.”  (2 Cor. 11:14).  The Book of Revelation tells us that he will perform miracles and do great wonders during the Tribulation period, making: “fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,” (Rev. 13:13) and heal the “deadly wound” of the beast (Rev. 13:3).  He will work miracles “with all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).  Just as Jesus Christ sits on the throne, Satan will seat himself upon a “throne”, shewing himself that he is God.”  Verse 4 above.   Now the Antichrist will be a man, yet more than man, just as Christ was Man and yet more than man. The Antichrist will be like some `Superman' of whom the world is looking for and yearning for to give them peace on earth.  Remember, never underestimate the power of Satan to present himself as that “angel of light”, or to try to be as “God Himself” (he can’t but would like to be).  Remember, he deceived 1/3 of the angels in heaven and will now try, one more time, his masquerade of deception over all those who remain on the earth.

You read my article Apostasy – it’s just like that in the churches of men.  Take a look around you at all these TV ministries who are deceiving millions of people.  They have 16,000 seats filled at each Sunday performance of false teaching.  These men are making millions of dollars teaching false doctrine, self awareness, even how to become wealthy, all lies of men and women who are fleecing the flock, never teaching them how to be saved and to know Jesus Christ as Saviour.  Anyway, it is Satan who is using these people just as he will the antichrist when he appears on the scene, and it’s nearly time for him to appear.  In the meantime, make sure your life is in Jesus Christ, and that you are saved by His shed blood by His Grace through Faith – it’s a gift that is FREE!  All you need to do is to make sure that you are “born again” as written in His Word and “live it” daily.

 

Again, thank you, and if you have anymore questions, write again.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html


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SUBJECT:        INFORMATION

FROM:        Michael R.

 

Dear Sir,

            I have discovered several of your essays.  Would you kindly tell me a little bit about yourself-your background and present “denomination”.  I find your information very informative and interesting.

            I am a minister with the Christian Church (Church of Christ)!

            Thank you for your information.

            In Christ,

 

Hello Michael:

 

Thank you for writing!  Everything about what I believe is on my web site:

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

See my Faith Statement and you will know me.

 

I do not belong to any denomination.  I was raised Catholic, studied to be a brother at Notre Dame and was taught by Jesuits.  I found out after much studying that what I was taught to believe was wrong.  I had to go thru other religions as well to also find out they were teaching false doctrine.  I found out about false doctrines by staying in the King James Authorized Bible and I asked the Lord to show me His truth.  By His Spirit He taught me everything I asked for plus more.  I tell people to get out of denominational churches as they are not teaching as Jesus Christ would have them teach and are teaching false doctrines of men which are contrary to the Spirit of Christ.  As in I John 4:1 we are to try the spirits.

 

The “church” is in our hearts.  By faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour, which through His Grace are we saved and placed into “the church”, meaning, the “body of Christ”.  I am a member of His body, the body of Christ, and I anxiously await the day when I will be with Him for all eternity.  At 75, that day is fast approaching, either in death or His calling us out at the Rapture.

 

Thank you again for writing!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:    touch base

FROM:    Michael R

     

Brother Raymond,
        Greetings in our Savior's precioius and holy name!
        Thank you for you reply!
        Have a quick question, have you ever heard about the Christian  Church (Church of Christ)?
I am a Christian Church minister.  Also have you ever heard about the Restoration Movement? It is our plea not to start a new church but to go
back to the Church as it was when Christ instituted His Church at the begining.  We are attempting to "restore" the New Testament Church as it
should be.
        Again thank you for writing. I look forward to your reply  as your time would allow.
        In His Service,
        Michael R.

 

  Hello Michael:

 

The days of the “true church” of Jesus Christ are fast coming to its close.  All we can now hope and watch for is His soon return which is comforting to me in these last days, and all who truly love his Word must remain “…stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…”(I Cor. 15:58).

 

The “church” (body of Christ) began with Jesus Christ and His death.  We cannot restore anything, just be born again, follow and live the Word every day of our lives.  There is no such thing as a restoration of what Christ has already given us – and all that is happening is that it becomes a restoration of man’s way.  Perhaps you are being tested?

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        To my Brother

FROM:        Daniel


          Hello, I just happen to check out this website of yours, and I must say, "Right On Brother!" For the last 10 years, I have read and studied the old Living Bible/old King James version, and I have written a book that I am trying to get published. The book covers all the basic and advance subjects. One of the big subjects that I talk about is the Catholic Church and the Lies that they spread in the name of Jesus.

 

          Jesus himself warned us about this religious church who addresses themselves as 'Father', making hundreds of man-made laws to control and abuse their authority over their followers. Also, it saddens me that they are making Mediums out of their followers by allowing them to pray to a dead sinner who has fallen short to the glory of God. And of course, about confessing the sins to these sinners who have no authority to forgive sins, and with all the idols and images that God has forbidden, and Soooo much more. I cover a great deal of it in my book with the help of the Holy Spirit who has given me this incredible knowledge.

 

       Since I can't seem to get my book published, I have put a brochure together to warn the people of the False Prophets of the Catholic Church, and soon, I will be going to Long Beach California to spread out the brochures into different churches and of course, in many different Catholic churches. I am not trying to shock people on purpose, but the people have forgotten the Word of God. The people must be warn, and my love for the people is strong. If I didn't love them, I would shut my mouth.

 

      Well Brother, just wanted to say, "Hi" and that you are not alone. I will see you in Heaven when Jesus comes back. Love you Brother

 

Hello Daniel:

 

Thank you for writing!  Daniel, may the Holy Spirit guide you and keep you.  Now, I guess you already know this, but you are in for a battle…put on all the armor of the Lord and swing your sword (the King James Bible).

 

No, there are NOT many who know Jesus Christ as Saviour.  I also love the people and will continue to warn all those who will listen.  It’s not easy coming against man’s false teachings because so many people believe it to be truth, even if it is against the Word of God.  These people would rather follow men than follow the Word.  

 

Daniel, stay strong in His Word and I know there are others out there just like you, and it was certainly my blessing to hear from you.  May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to fill you with His love and strength to do His work.

 

In Jesus Christ, 

Raymond

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JULY 2005


SUBJECT:        AA

FROM:        Tom.

 

hi

was an aa member for 6 years...i quit and now i been attacked for quitting.....my fiance recently died and it was said i'm not grieving but on a dry drunk...really caring aren't they.?

 

Hello Tom:

 

Thank you for writing!  I understand!  It isn’t the first time that AA has attacked a member who quits the organization.  AA is good at telling people that they will turn into bitter unhappy “dry drunks” if they leave and continue in being abstinent.  That is really not a very nice thing for AA to say to a former member.  No, that isn’t caring at all, and certainly their comments serve Satan, rather than the Creator.  And, the reason they tell former members this is because they can no longer manipulate them.  My friend, you are free of their manipulation. 

 

Tom, if you have turned to Jesus Christ, you are totally free!  If you haven’t, let’s talk further, write me and I can explain the statement, “free in Christ”. 

 

I’m truly sorry for the loss of your fiancé.  Death can be a painful experience, especially if we don’t turn to Jesus Christ.  He’s there for you!  I’m here if you need help in understanding what you are going through and what you could have through Jesus.  Please write again, I’m here!

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

 

TOM'S REPONSE:


Hi Raymond

Jesus is what keeps me going.

Tom

 

Hi Tom:

 

AMEN!  JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY!  HE IS WHAT KEEPS ME GOING ALSO, EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE!  GOD BLESS!

 

In Jesus Christ

Ray


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SUBJECT:        Just an overview and personal opinion of your article Sword of Truth

FROM:        Robert O.

 

To Whom It May Concern:
Thursday, 09June2005,

This is only an opinion of what I have learnt in over 54 years of life on this crazy and uncertain planet that we know as Earth,  The Good Lord
God's creation.  In my opinion, a person need not be an Einstein to figure out the formula to Heaven nor Hell.  It is simple.

    The Good Lord God First,
    Second Respect towards Humanity,
    Third I or me last,
    Then last if not most importantly,
    If I turn my back on God the creator of Heaven and Earth,     then I
personally do not have a chance in Hell.

Most people that read the bible, seem to want to preach and try to save someone's else soul.  How about first saving yours first, because of two
simple facts,

    1.    We are living on God's time clock or have we all forgot who
created time!

    2.    The way that you treat your fellow man ( by the way, cut a man
whom is black, yellow, brown, white, etc. and what color of blood do they
bleed.  Have you ever seen anyone bleed the actual color of blue blood?) is
the way that God will preceive that you would treat this great spirit when
we stand be for it upon Judgement Day.

Please do not take this as disrespect or preaching to anyone,  all it is,  is my personal opinion and I would not like any religion to claim
credit or discredit to this.  It is more so an idea which could be right or wrong.

Author Anyomonus

 

Hello Robert:

 

Salvation - Grace, is a gift - it is free.  However, it must be as the Creator intended!  it is not of personal interpretation.  The Holy Spirit and the WORD is the Lord's way.  You shall answer as to how you live it.  I found mine, I was born again by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ Who died for all men.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        KVJ

FROM:        William G.

 

Brother Raymond, I know you love your KJV to death, but I have found trouble in it because it sometimes has heresies added to it like the 'trinity' and certain words not found in the original manuscrips, see this link:

http://www.keithhunt.com/Kjv1.html

http://www.bibletexts.com/kjvtexts.htm

also the fact that it makes people believe that jesus is 'God' in human form, which is NOT the case, see this interesting link I found:

http://trueisrael.tripod.com/

http://assemblyoftrueisrael.com/TruthPage/WhoseSonisHe.html

http://assemblyoftrueisrael.com/IsJesusGod/Allegedproofs.htm

you have also said that people are born again in THIS life, WRONG! see this link:

http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/page/literature.booklets.born_again.htm

I have started reading the bible, but due to the fact that I couldn't understand a word of the KJV I got myself a 'Good News bible' and for the
first time I can easily understand what the bible says in PLAIN english.  I hope that you write to me, I frequently do visit your site and read your
articles.

William G.

Hello William:

 

If you truly want truth - the King James Version is the good Greek translated into English for easy reading.  Your Good News bible is Catholic and of Satan - reading it and believing it you will die.  It's your soul, your choice.  You truly need the Holy Spirit and we have talked so many times...but you are getting into difficulty with your Catholic beliefs.  You do not believe the true Word of Jesus Christ.  IF you are not "born again" in THIS life, you will NOT see Jesus Christ...there is no "born again" in the next.  You have made your choice - it's hell!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:        Deceitful preachers Strictly in it for the money

FROM:       Paul


It dosen't make any sense how so many people are fooled time after time.  These preachers are obivous because they lay so heavy on talking about money.--( YOURS ). It seems as if nothing is going to change, because they spread the same old garbage week after week and people keep sending them money. They live on lies, trickery,and twisted scriptures. The apostle Paul warns us about such wolves in sheeps clothing, but unless you are well read in the Bible, you can fall prey to them because they promise extremely large returns on the money you send--as much as a hundred fold, if you send them the largest ((love offering)) you've ever sent, in faith. Even when they're exposed by a news show, with all the evidence anyone could ask  ( for proof ), people still keep right on sending them money. Benny Hinn is living proof of that.I don't understand it, It doesn't make a lick of sense. I almost hate to say it but it seems that when preachers start to gain popularity, ( a great deal of them ), they head right for the money, as hard as they can go. Believe me Benny Hinn is far from being the only one  guilty of fleecing the flock. I was able to get information on the internet concerning the saleries of the well known preachers, not to mention thier ( perks ), traveling expenses. clothing prices, and meals that run as high as two hundred dollars. How does a hundred dollar tip sound? Rod Parsley told the people in his church----I want your money--I deserve your money-- the church deserves your money. How rank is that??? That TBN bunch is so wrapped up in money they forgot what the Gospel is all about. It's not something I like to glote about, but sometimes it does a person good to get things out in the open, when he knows they are wrong. Remember when JESUS asked "what would it profit a man if he gained the whole world, yet lost his soul, or what would a man give in exchange for his soul)? GOD bless the good ernest preachers that worry about your soul and not your wallet. The day will come when they will hear these words (WELL DONE THOU TRUE AND FAITHFILL SERVENT)

 

 Hi again Paul:

 

Thank you for writing and you are so right by the Holy Spirit.  Lord bless you! 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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MAY 2005


SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Brent

 

I enjoyed reading your article and think you are mostly right on. However in Col. 2:20,22 it is referring to the hundreds of ceremonial laws set up by the Jews not the Ten Commmandments that God wrote in stone with his own finger. These were what was nailed to the cross at Christ's death. Actually, there are three major sets of laws established in the bible. The Ten Commandments, the ceremonial laws, and Gods food laws. Only one of these were done away with. I can link you to a very good article on this if you would like. God Bless You, Brent

 The Catholics keep the law (the Ten Commandments) like the Jew and know not what the Word says: "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, and though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,....after the commandments and doctrines of men?" - Col. 2:20,22

Hello Brent: 

Thank you for writing.  The Catholics and Jews entire system tend to limit the greatness and authority of Christ and the sufficiency of his redemption (Col. 2:8-10,17,19;1:14-20).

Colossians 2:20 - “Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances”,  It is obvious that Paul is indeed referring to the law when he speaks of the rudiments of the world (see verse 8). Since Jesus removed these principles there is no need to be subject to them. Even prior to the cross, Jesus and His disciples did NOT keep the Sabbath according to the understanding of the rabbis, for Jesus Christ was reproved for this, read Matthew 12:1-13; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45). 

The Bible does not divide the Mosaic law, as you say, with only "one done away with".  “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col. 2:13-14).  This is speaking of the entire Mosaic Law.  Paul also tells us that God has abolished in Christ’s flesh the law with its commandments and regulations (Ephes. 2:15).    Read Hebrews 8…where both covenants are compared, the Mosaic and the new, “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.  Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”  Therefore, the law is gone, not one part, two parts or certain parts, but all of it, gone.  The 10 Commandments were given to Israel by God, it was their Covenant, certainly not requirements of our salvation, or for all of mankind forever.

What Jesus Christ requires of us is essentially conformity to Himself. God's eternal purpose for His people is likeness to His Son (Rom.8:29, Eph.1:4).  “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” (1 John 3:23)

Believers “are not under the law, but under grace” – see Romans 6:14.  Therefore, I’ll keep Grace, it’s so much easier.

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html

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SUBJECT:        Prosperity (PREACHERS)??????

FROM:        Paul

 

Today, the biggest problem the good and honest preachers have, is these prosperity preachers, that wouldn't know the true Gospel if it bit them. TBN is loaded with these people, including Paul and Jan Crouch, the owners. Yesterday I tuned them in to see if there might be a decent preacher on, only to find out they have another Pledge A Thon, "as they call it". A female preacher was telling the liseners they want seven thousand dollars each from seven thousand people-one thousand dollars each from one thousand people, and a hundred dollars each from the rest of the viewers. It looks like people would get fed up with These con artists, and quit sending them anything. Then, maybe, these  guys could get a nice job at BURGER King or even Mc Donalds. GOD BLESS the good honest preachers of this world, that know the word of GOD and teach it. These are the soul savers, who ( care ) about youre' soul,and some day when they get home, they'll hear the words-( WELL DONE, THOU TRUE AND FAITHFULL SERVENT).

Hello Paul:

 

Paul, I can tell you this, the truth has set you free.  There is no fear, and, certainly not money needed, especially for what Christ has given us freely through His death and love – Salvation to those who believe on him.  We are truly free in Jesus Christ.  Hold on to Him in good faith, for it’s by that faith thru His Grace we are saved.  Amen, my friend.

 

Continue in His Word, living it each and every day, so that you, me, and all believers in Jesus Christ have no fear standing before Him…and He will say: “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant……enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond
 

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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Ricky

 

This was some verty good information. I will share it with my brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus.


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Earl

 

Your web site is good material, anyone with the wits of a Knat can detect the deception in this religion. I am writing a document refuting the Dispensational Pre Tribulation another false doctrine
God Bless

Earl: 

 

Such kind words…from a fellow Christian? 

 

Make sure that you, by the Word and the Holy Spirit, know what you are saying, as you shall answer for it.

 

What is important is putting your trust in Jesus Christ, "…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). If you haven't already yielded to His call, you had better not put it off. The Bible is clear that there will come a time when it will be too late (Matthew 24:36-44).   "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matthew 24:44).

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:        T V religions and preachers

FROM:        Paul

 

Enough can't be said to warn people of these television preachers that pervert the gospel. They care only for themselves, and are strictly in it for the money they conive you out of. these false teachers have large followings because they promise you great wealth, while fleecing you for all the money you can scrape up to send them. How does this sound? (I can promise you, that  if you will send GOD, (meaning, hinself) the largest love offering you've ever sent, the LORD will see to it you will get a hundred fold return on your' meney). Wow !, that's quite a deal,"huh". Don't let these weasels, that never quit hammering the viewers for their last dollar--so they can, (and do) live the life of the rich and famous, get into your' pocket. There isn't enough money in the universe to satisfy their (lusts, greeds, and wants). I have  no doubt that there are many, many good and honest preachers in this world, but they have a strange agenda THEY WANT TO SAVE SOULS. They arn't after large sums of noney, Their congrigations may be smaller, because the preachers are not twisting, or perverting the gospel, and the listeners are not there with icthy ears . they are wanting to hear the truth, and There's nothing wrong with helping to support your' church financially. And, by the way---- The pastor eats too!!!!!!!

 

Hello Paul:

 

Thank you for writing.  Ever since I became a believer in Jesus Christ, trusting in HIM ONLY, the Lord has fed me.  He meets ALL my NEEDS, and I have taught the Gospel for over 30 years.  I charge nothing!  I do not depend on man to feed me and I take NOTHING from men, as I have worked to feed my family.  Salvation is of the Lord and IT IS FREE!  If you have it, you have got it all.   And, by the way, any pastor who is depending on his flock to feed him, he may not eat.  As the Word teaches:  “…that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thes. 3:10).  I would not call preaching the Word, work – it is what the Word teaches me to do – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4:2)

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        the water baptism

FROM:       Gcal

 

After reading your article on water baptism I think you made a pretty big mistake.  You said... 

 

"Now, nowhere does it tell us to 'believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and get ourselves baptized in order to be saved.'Right?"

 

Look at:  Mark 16:16

 

16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

To Gcal:

 

Water baptism is certainly a controversial subject, always has been. Many insist that it is a requirement for being saved. Those who believe that Baptism is a “must” for salvation, believe in legalism (salvation by works).  Baptism is NOT required for salvation, therefore, no mistake was made!  Otherwise, you would be saying that God puts a “condition” on His gift of salvation.  You must ask and pray for the knowledge, enlightenment, and understanding of the entire Word of God by His Spirit.  There are numerous places in the Word – look to the rest of Scripture in order to prove out God's will for ones life.

 

God does not count good works in any form or fashion. The Bible says in Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us...." And the Scripture declares in Ephesians 2:8,9 – “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.”  “…because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thes. 2:13)  

Man’s salvation is wholly of God’s grace on the basis of faith alone in the redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ alone, i.e., solely on the merit of His shed blood, and NOT on the basis of human merit or works of any kind, not confession, water baptism, - nothing - before, during or after the moment of salvation, (John 1:12; John 3:14-16; 36; Romans 3:21-24; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Phil. 3:9; 1 Peter 1:18-19 and Titus 3:5

Regeneration is instantaneous, and is accomplished solely by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which an unsaved individual's dead spirit is renewed, i.e., "born from above", (again, Titus 3:5; Jn 1:12-13), i.e., made alive with Christ, (Eph 2:4-5; Col 2:13); and that individual is indwelt by God the Holy Spirit Himself Who provides this regeneration, this gift of eternal life at the point of faith alone in Christ alone unto salvation, (Eph 1:13-14; Titus 3:5; John 3:3-8)

Eph. 2:8-9 and that salvation/eternal life is a gift that involves NO righteous deeds or good works but is BASED on FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST and HIS DEATH as YOUR sin payment. 

What about Acts 16:30 – “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” and Paul answered simply and completely in Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”

Therefore, it is belief and belief alone in Christ alone as Savior that is the way to heaven – NOTHING ELSE CAN BE ADDED.  If anything else was required, then Paul would have been lying (which he wasn’t) to the frightened Philippian jailer.  Baptism contributes NOTHING toward a believer’s salvation – again Ephesians 2:8-9 – and that salvation/eternal life is a gift that involves no righteous deeds or good works but is based on FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE and His death as your payment for sin. 

 

Unfortunately, many heresies have been introduced regarding baptism: that one must be baptized to be saved; indeed, that baptism itself saves the soul even when administered to infants. These heresies became known as the “Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration”. Most Protestants, Baptists and Mormons holding these beliefs today are not aware that this heresy originated with the Roman Catholic church in the Middle Ages.  Today, there is the Roman Catholic church, Church of Christ, some Lutheran churches and a few Baptist churches teaching that a person must be water baptized or he cannot be saved.  These religions cannot trust Christ alone for salvation.

 

What about those who either refuse to be baptized or who fail to be baptized through ignorance, not being a member of a religious denomination, or for lack of opportunity?  For example, some people have died immediately after trusting in Christ, are these not saved? Yes, they ARE SAVED! At the very moment they believed in Jesus Christ they are saved from the penalty of sin and eternal condemnation.

If one has to be baptized to have his sins remitted, then what would he do with the sins he committed after he was saved?  And "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."  (1 John 1:10)  Now, IF baptism were necessary to remit sins, then this man would need to be baptized again in order to have remitted the sins he had committed since he had been saved. But if he is baptized the second time, then what will he do with the sins he commits after the second baptism?  Also, if water were necessary to wash away sins, then he must be baptized again and again and again.  Right?

What about those in the Old Testament?  If water baptism were necessary for salvation, then none of the Old Testament saints were saved because baptism was not mentioned one single time in the Old Testament, and there is no record of a single individual ever being baptized before John the Baptist began baptizing converts in the New Testament. Those who argue that baptism is essential to salvation teach one plan of salvation for those in the Old Testament and a different plan of salvation for those in the New Testament. But the Scripture teaches that all men are saved the same way in every dispensation or age. A man’s eternal salvation is at the point of FAITH.

We must be careful not to read into Scripture. Jesus does not say or even imply that the one who isn't baptized won't be saved. We know that is not true from other Scripture, and even from the second half of v. 16.  Mark 16:16 does not contradict salvation by faith alone. Rather, it affirms it. Jesus clearly and unmistakably indicates that the sole basis of eternal condemnation is unbelief. The sole basis for eternal salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Him alone.  And, anyone who is baptized goes down into the water a sinner and comes out of the water a sinner.  Nothing changes!  Why?  The reason is because baptism is NOT a part of our salvation.  Jesus Christ and our faith in Him already did all that was needed for eternal life with Him.

Now, about Mark 16:16: 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved'? All who believe the gospel are saved, so of course all who believe and are baptized are saved; but that does not say that baptism saves or that it is essential for salvation. There are many other verses, with no mention of baptism, and that salvation comes by believing the gospel: “…it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.' (1 Corinthians 1:21; see also John 3:16, 18, 36, 5:24; Acts 10:43, 13:38-39, 16:34; Romans 1:16, 3:28, 4:24, 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Ephesians 2:8, etc.  Not one verse, however, says that baptism saves.

Let’s back up to Mark 16:15, before Jesus ascended, He told the disciples: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  And in Verse 16: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  I know your point, meaning that this passage teaches that water baptism is necessary for salvation?  The answer is NO!

In the first place, belief, not baptism, is the critical issue in this passage.  The passage says that those who do not believe shall be damned – there’s nothing wrong with that statement.  There are several clear and compelling reasons why we can be sure that Mark 16:16 isn’t teaching that water baptism is a condition of eternal salvation – (1) the basis for condemnation is unbelief only. (2) the Apostles did not preach that you must be baptized to go to heaven. (3) the Gospel never changes. (4) there are New Testament examples of people who were saved BEFORE they were baptized. 

 

Believing on Jesus Christ our Saviour WITHOUT baptism is enough for salvation.  The power of God unto salvation is by hearing of the gospel – Romans 1:16 and that gospel He’s speaking of excluded water baptism in I Corinthians 15:1-4.  In order for a person to be sealed with the Holy Spirit, they must believe on Jesus Christ after they have heard the gospel of salvation, and not just by being baptized in water. (Ephesians 1:13)  If water baptism is necessary for salvation, then the redemptive finished work of Jesus Christ is not sufficient. 

What about the millions of souls that have been deceived by baptismal regeneration and other false gospels that take people's eyes off of Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 2:2, Galatians 6:14)? Salvation through works creates fear and despair because it denies the sufficiency of Christ's finished work. It makes salvation unjust rather than just (Romans 3:26), since it makes the gospel a revelation of men's righteousness, not God's (Romans 1:17).  The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe in Christ and His finished work, His righteousness.  "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'But the righteous man shall live by faith.'" - Romans 1:16-17

Can you go to heaven by being baptized? 

In order to prove that baptism was necessary for salvation, we would need a direct statement from Jesus Christ, telling us that those who do not get baptized go to Hell. However, that statement isn’t in the Scripture.  The most important thing to remember is: what is it that causes us to die in our sins?  Not believing in Jesus.  Therefore, believing in Jesus is a requirement for salvation.  But the New Testament never says that if we are not baptized then we will die in our sins, which means that baptism is not a requirement for salvation.  In John 11:25-26 – “Jesus said unto her – “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?  Jesus did not tell Martha that she must be baptized with water.  Whom did Jesus tell her would live (i.e. eternal life)?  Those who believe in Him (i.e. eternal life). Now, whom did Jesus say will never die (i.e. eternal life)?  Those who believe in Him!  Therefore, if we believe in Him, then we will live forever (we will have salvation and eternal life).  Jesus didn’t mention baptism at all here.

I pray the Holy Spirit guides you in studying the Word – He’s coming soon!  May the Holy Spirit guide both of us in all things.

In Jesus Christ, Raymond

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SUBJECT:        homosexuality and aids

FROM:        Miryana C.

 

HI, I AGREE WITH ALOT OF THINGS YOU ARE SAYING, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT AIDS IS SOMEBODYS PUNISHMENT FOR BEING HOMO.  AIDS, CANCER DIABETES TYPE 1 WHICH I HAVE FOR 25 YEARS NOW, IS ALL MAN MADE DISEASES TO KEEP THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANYS IN BUSINESS.  THE DIABETES DECEPTION IS A TRILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS. THESE PARASITES ARE MAKING THEIR PROFITS FROM ILL PEOPLE, THEY KNOW OF CURES ETC BUT LETTING ON TO A CURE WOULD MEAN JOB LOSSES MASSIVE PROFIT LOSSES ETC.

 

WHAT I MEAN ABOUT MAN MADE IS THAT PEOPLE BECOME SICK THROUGH VACCINATION PROGRAMMES, GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS, SECRETS THAT THEY WISH NOT TO TELL US TO KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS.

 

IT'S ALL A GIANT DECEPTION.

 

I BELIEVE THAT MOST HOMOSEXUAL PEOPLE CAN'T HELP THE WAY THEY ARE, JUST LOOK AT THAT SINGER MELISSA ETHERIDGE SHE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A MAN OR A WOMAN BUT SOMETHING IN BETWEEN, IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF GAY MEN DON'T EVEN RESEMBLE MEN BUT LEAN TOWARDS A FEMALE SIDE.  SAME WITH THE FEMALES, LOOKING MORE LIKE MEN.  I THINK MOST OF THEM ARE BORN THIS WAY.

 

GOD BLESS

 

Hello Miryana:

 

Thank you for writing!  First of all, God’s Word on the matter is crystal clear.  “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, not effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Cor. 6:9-10).

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus) is the late stage of an infection caused by HIV. It effects the body’s natural immune system.  AIDS is spread by the perverted life style of homosexuals, drug addicts and other methods.  They need to be taught that their life style is an abomination to God and how they can come out of it.

 

I also am diabetic, (2)…which my Grandmother had the disease, thereby my risk of developing it increased as I got older. If a parent or sibling in your family has diabetes, your risk of developing diabetes increases.  As a diabetic, you probably know, the body either produces little or no insulin, or the cells are unable to use the insulin that is produced.   But, at least diabetes is not caused by a perverted life style of sin that offends God.  Neither is Cancer, MS, MD and other killer diseases.

 

I agree that many people become sick through vaccination programs.  But, vaccination has nothing to do with acquiring AIDS.  It would be a false assumption to believe that one can get AIDS through vaccination, genetically modified foods.  AIDS is man-made alright, when two men or two women sleep together and have sex.  Even animals don’t do that.  Besides, between 2 men or 2 women there cannot be any babies born without the involvement of a male sperm and a female egg.  That is God’s way, His natural law, and no homosexual or lesbian can change it, not even by adopting someone else’s kids.

 

I’m pretty sure most people know how AIDS is spread…mainly, because homosexuals will not change their life style.  Yes, I know that it can be gotten through blood transfusions, etc., but we’re speaking about the homosexual way of life.

 

The Lord certainly desires all homosexuals and lesbians to be free of this life style (sin).  He loved them and died for them, but the sexual perversion is an abomination to him.  He will destroy those who will not change.  They have a choice to make before it is too late, and the choice, by their “free will” is to come out of their sin.

If one is a Christian, he/she either believes what the Word of God says condemning homosexuality, or that person does not believe it and is not Christian.  These are very important Scriptures in Romans 1:24-32 – Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  These are not my words, but are the words of Scripture.

 

Also, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 as you read above, leaves no room for a person to be an unrepentant homosexual Christian.  Jesus came to call sinners unto repentance whether homosexual, adulterer, murderer, thief, etc.


Oh, sure, the homosexuals blame their un-natural behavior on God, saying that can’t help the way they are, they were born that way.  Sorry, Miryana, but God’s Word blames their behavior on their own choice (they have a “free will”) to commit an abominable sin.  And, it’s SIN!  And, sin destroys, kills, and puts one in hell for all eternity!  I don’t know anything about this Melissa Etheridge – don’t listen to “music of the world”.  You say: “she doesn’t look like a man or a woman but something in between”.  Do you know what you have just said?  I will tell you this…the Creator has never made anything IN-BETWEEN, HE MADE MAN AND WOMAN – US - IN HIS IMAGE, JESUS CHRIST!  "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 having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col. 1:15-20)

 

There is no in-between.  I pretty much recognize the male homosexual and female lesbian.  I know them by their fruit!  I pity them!  I would have them saved from their sin if I could, but again it comes down to their choice.


This world has become SO PERVERSE – I wonder how much longer it will be here, it’s already like Sodom and Gomorrah.  Man’s heart has become hardened to killing (by abortion, euphanasia of the elderly, the lame and the sick).  The coming days will get far worse.


I do not judge these people, but the WORD does the judging.  I talk to them like I talk to any other sinner, like I was spoken to before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  All are sinners.  But, even homosexuals and lesbians who have sinned against their own bodies can still come out of their sin.  Jesus said:  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9).

 

Miryana, remember this, everyone has a choice to make in this life.  One may choose Jesus Christ, or may choose Satan.  It’s entirely up to them…they are not born any certain way – that’s like saying a robber was born that way, or a murderer was born to be a murderer.  NO!  It’s SIN!

 

I’ll end with the Word – John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (verse 18) “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Carmen

 

wow all this information has been very helpfull I would like some more.  I grew up "catholic" and once I started reading the bible certain things didn't add up I am glad that some shares my point of view.

 

Hello, Carmen?

 

Thank you for writing!  It's rewarding to know that it has been helpful to you.  As far as "more", the info is all on my site:  http://godsswordoftruth.com/articles.html.  If you have questions, please write and ask away, and may the Holy Spirit guide both of us in the knowledge of His Word.


The most important thing for any person, even one who was a former catholic (I was also catholic), is to study the Word of God, just as you are doing, and I must recommend the King James Authorized Version, for its truth, stay in the New Testament only to learn more of Jesus Christ, the Word...accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by believing on Him, for He said: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16), and live Him every day of your life.  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)


By grace (Ephesians 2:5, 8) of God are we saved, and we now live in the faith of the Son of God Who loved us and died for us (Galatians 2:20).  It is this grace of God that brings salvation “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11) also see 2 Timothy 2:10.  “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) and “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” (I John 5:1).

 

I pray that you continue to follow your heart, as evidently the Lord has touched your heart and drawn you near to Jesus, or you would not have come out of “religion”.  Jesus said:  “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44).  Carmen, the Father has drawn you, never turn back…look forward… and know that the time is very near when Jesus shall take His believers out of here.  Never entertain the thought that you must do a bunch of things to be saved…as Jesus died that you may be saved…and you do not have to DO something extra…just BELIEVE ON HIM AND LIVE CHRIST EVERY DAY!  Once we are saved, the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23) follows.  Let me know how you are doing.

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

APRIL 2005


SUBJECT:        Faith

FROM:        Rudy

 

I wish Cement was here and the current RCC could tell him he was a Pope, He would laugh in their face and say "What's a Pope?"

 

He is a man, teaching what he knows, and what he says is the same truth you and I proclaim.  There are many teachers, you can buy, read, or hear their teachings in many different media.  The litmus test is faith in the completed work on the Cross and His resurrection.

 

Don't be so quick to judge:

 

Matthew 7:  1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Rudy, please read this: http://magnificat.ca/cal/engl/11-23.htm


You’ll read all about Clement I of Rome…a writer (which scholars have never been able to verify), a man, but still considered a Pope (when there weren’t any around) by Catholicism.  Only the Catholic church had made Clement I of Rome into a writer (of a collection of church law) of the Catholic church and also made him into a Pope…read if for yourself.  His epistle, or letter, isn’t even in the Bible, it was excluded in 397 A.D, …but the Catholic church believes his writings were divinely inspired.  NOT!!!  Judging him?  No! The Lord Jesus is man’s Judge, and He shall judge all men.  But, I judge a man’s writings by what they write, especially those written by Roman Catholic church

 

There are oral Traditions of the Roman Catholic church, documented in 1 Clement:  Peter and Paul’s ministries in Rome;  Apostolic succession; and  the Eucharist as a Sacrifice.  I do not believe in oral traditions of the Catholic church, nor do I wish to read about the eucharist as a sacrifice and part of the Catholic religion.  NONE of this is of Jesus Christ.  I rejected the heretical teachings of the Catholic religion, all of it, years ago.  I reject the writings of Clement 1 of Rome, because they have been tainted by Roman Catholic Religion.  I do not even believe that Clement I wrote this stuff!

 

The Roman Catholic church claims that Clement’s letter proves that the popes (although they weren’t called by that name for many centuries to come) were already seen as heads of the whole Christian church.  Such garbage!  I’m sure the Clement spoken of in the Bible would absolutely laugh at the Catholic church for believing that he was a pope and that all these writings were written by him. 

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        PORNO

FROM:        J

 

I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PORNO,ADVISE HOW TO COME OUT OF THE BEHAVIUOR PLEASE.

 

Dear J....:

 

You didn't tell me if you had given your life to Jesus Christ or not.  There is still a way to come out of the behavior of porn...by accepting Jesus Christ into your life and repent of your sin…it is a start, a new beginning for a life filled with Jesus Christ.

 

I can only tell you that those who are involved in porn have become a slave to the sin, but Jesus Christ came to deliver you and all of us from the power of sin, all sin.  Sin is sin, and we cannot go on being disobedient to the Lord by not living according to His Word.  You must fight the good fight!  Resist the sin, rebuke Satan and become an obedient child of the Lord, for without Jesus Christ, all are helpless and are bound for hell.

 

You need, first of all, to ask Jesus to come into your heart and cleanse you, to deliver you from this sin and all sin, therefore repenting of all your sin.   No sin is too horrible or evil that the blood of Jesus cannot cleanse you from it. The Bible says in: 1 John 1:9-10, 2:1-2: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."


Pornography is a spiritual problem for anyone who has this sin, and by partaking of this sin, one opens himself up to demonic control through the power of Satan, and Satan doesn't want to let go…therefore, you will definitely need spiritual help in getting free from it. The Lord will help and lead you in this matter if you ask Him. Don’t allow pride to prevent you from seeking Jesus Christ and being set free from this sin and all sin.

 

If you commit your life to Jesus and obey Him, you will be freed of this sin.  You are not alone in this battle, but you have access to the power of Jesus Christ, the same as me or anyone else seeking that power, and what He did for you, and all of mankind.  It is up to you!  No one can do it for you.  Read James 4:7-8 and Romans 6:12-18.


J...., man is tempted by his own lust – “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” – James 1:14  Therefore, if you are on the Internet searching out porn, get rid of the Internet, or the computer if necessary.  Your eternal security is at stake here.  Be aware of it!  Do what you have to do!  Even if you have magazines, pictures, whatever…throw it out and never look for it again.  It is what tempts you easily, and be rid of the things that tempt, especially those things in your own home, even if its the TV, if you have one, turn if off or get rid of it.   J.... get rid of anything that feeds your own lust.  Get into the Word of God and allow His Words to fill your heart so there isn’t any room for lust.

J...., remember Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  You will, just trust Him and He will strengthen you.  If you need to talk again, please write.

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

 

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SUBJECT:        God’s Sword of Truth – The Word

FROM:        Brother Peebles


Dear Author;

 

     This message pertaining the manipulation of this world is a powerful document. THK YOU.

Also, inref. KING JAMES;

                    Knowing, that his name is only a title and he  is not the Author's

                    of God Word's...

                    I believe that God Spirit's will reveal to Us, whether or not a

                    bible is unholy vs holy...

 

Be Bless,

Brother Peebles...

 

Dear Brother Peebles:

 

Thank you for your kind words!  May we both continue in His grace and peace through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...always striving for knowledge according to His Word by the Holy Spirit!  Amen! 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond

  

AMEN! Brother Raymond,

Eternal Love in Christ Jesus...


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Saliamma

 

Big liars.  Who does not know anything about the Christ and zero knowledge about catholics and other denominations.  Do you know about the apparition of mother mary at fathima.  She appeared before 70000 people.

You people are really responsible for the destruction of faith and everything.

Hello Saliamma:

 

I do not lie!  What I know, according to the Word of God, I teach, and that is Jesus Christ ONLY!   MOST do not know HIM as THEIR SAVIOR, but only as a religious figure.

I was born 13 years following the claim of these false apparitions of Mary,,,later, I was a Holy Cross brother in the pagan Catholic religion and did NOT know JESUS CHRIST as my personal Savior...but I, like you, was quite aware of the apparitions of Fatima which was taught me in grade school at Our Lady of Lourdes...and I, along with my brothers, sisters and parents perceived many different things about her words which were sealed by the Pope of Rome.  We even thought the Catholic Mary (also the Mary of other religions and cults) would aid in my salvation.  Wrong!

 

I was deceived as a Catholic of 40 years.  I now know that the "Mary of the Bible" is not the same Mary all these religions speak of.  For the "Mary" that people in religion and cults claim to have seen in apparitions by Catholics, Muslims, and the other false religions is the "Mary" of Satan.  It is this false "Mary" appeal that has become a growing phenomenon and is certainly NOT BIBLICAL!  The Bible commands Christians to PROVE all things, and I would say that phony visions most assuredly fall under this scripture:  "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (I Thessalonians 5:21).

 

I know that the Mary of the Bible has no power, ability, or influence to make promises to assist anyone in their salvation as claimed by the false religions, and this is nothing more than another counterfeit.  No sinner ever went to Mary to get to Jesus.  The Plan of Salvation that was laid down for all of mankind is in the Word.  There is ONLY ONE DOOR, ONE WAY
FOR MAN TO ENTER THROUGH, AND, JESUS SAID:
  "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)... "I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber...I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved...(John 10:1; 9)

Saliyamma, if you have climbed up some other way, Jesus said this same one:
"is a thief and a robber."

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. [II Timothy 4:3-4]

In Jesus Christ,
Raymond

 

Dear Mr. Raymond

Jesus is the only one savior . But we cannot forget our mother.  In my personal life, there are abundant  blessings of mother mary . Both of our family (my husband's and mine) blessed with mother marywe are 8 children and in his family 10 children.  In both of our family we never forget to pray a single day to our mother mary.  She is the mother of God Jesus
christ
.  How can one forget her.  In day to day life i am receiving a lot of peace and blessings from her.  My pc Wall paper picture is Mother mary holding jesus christ Every day I start my work after praying her .  My hindu colleagues also prefer to start their work after praying to mother mary after seeing my prayer.  They also express and feel the pleasure ,
happiness and peace after praying to her  during  office hours.  My parents grand parents always advised us and taught us to pray jesus throug mother mary.

Human beings cannot forget their mother.  Mother is the beautiful in the word in the world.  After growing up some ignore  and foreget their mother very easily.  Baby animals when  mature mate with their mother.  That is the difference between human and animals.   Without mother mary no peace no happiness and nothing can gain in my life.  This is experienced from my life and experiencing.

Love is Jesus
saliamma

 

Dear Saliamma:


You are a good person, but your Mary is Catholic and cannot help you!  She is NOT the mother of God…and praying to her will do nothing for you.  Your hindu colleagues are not saved, even if they pray to the Catholic Mary.  “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5). 

It was God who became flesh, this is what the Bible teaches us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4) and “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…(verse 14).  It is because people state only ½ truths about Jesus’ identity, therefore giving Mary an unscriptural title, as the mother of God.  And, worse yet, people trust in her for their salvation.  You cannot find anywhere in the Word of God, the bible, that Mary is the mother of God, only that the Mary of the Bible was Jesus’ mother and the mother of His brothers (see Mark 3:31; Luke 8:19; Acts 1:14).


You forget one thing that is very important – Jesus existed before His birth in Bethlehem.  One should also logically reject the Catholic concept that God could or does have a mother based on the fact that such a mother would have to be in existence BEFORE God, which is impossible.  The Bible states that God is eternal and had no beginning.  God cannot have a mother and still be God.  Also, no person could ever exist before God. 

 

Jesus’ mother Mary needed a redeemer like all men.  Jesus created Mary, just like He created you and me.  If you all keep praying to Mary, you know NOT and have NOT the Savior, Jesus Christ, but a false savior, Mary, who cannot save you or answer your prayers.  The peace and happiness you all feel after you pray to Mary is of Satan. 

 

Human beings have their earth parents that God has given them.  Mary of the Catholic church is NOT our mother…she is NOT anyone’s mother.  Jesus’ mother was the Mary of the Bible, little spoken of, but a blessed woman of God, who knew that she needed a Saviour - "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour." (Luke 1:47).


There are many grievous problems with the exalted title given to Mary as the mother of God.  If Mary is the mother of God, then how could Jesus have been in existence before His mother?  Impossible!  Mary is Jesus’ mother, along with being mother to His brothers and sisters.  This is in accord with the Bible.  The Catholic Mary is not the Mary of the Bible.  These are two different people.  The doctrines taught by the Catholic religion is without one shred of authority from Scriptures, and the exaltation of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, is the most prominent, and most unscriptural.  It is nothing more than the worship of Mary, which is idolatry and creature worship – “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is bleed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 1:25).
 

You need to study history and not the Roman Catholic Catechism of lies.  You said that “without mother mary no peace no happiness and nothing can gain in my life”.  Do you have any idea what you are saying?  You have just made your catholic mother mary “your peace” and “your happiness” and by your own volition (free will choice), have rejected the Word, Jesus Christ.  For Jesus said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me(Jesus Christ) ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace…” (Ephes. 2:13-14)  The Catholic Mary is NOT anyone’s peace!  NO!  The Catholic Mary cannot gain salvation for you, not in this life.  The Word says: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  You, saliamma will never have eternal life in Mary…only in Jesus Christ is eternal life gained by anyone.  Jesus said:  “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt. 12:50)  Again, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5).


If you want to know more about salvation, please write again.  The Word is “Free”.  Your salvation in Jesus Christ is FREE, it’s His gift to you, but you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and only by faith will you be able to do that – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). 

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Sidney

 

Dear sir or ma’am:

I grew up Pentecostal. I have probably attended more church services by the time I was 16 than you will ever in your entire life. Jesus is good. But sometimes his followers write and say a whole bunch of crap just so they can feel right and safe inside the constructs of their beliefs. AA meetings are  one tool that Christ uses to help his people. And weather you like it or not, this tool works. It is irresponsible and extremely arrogant to put this crap on the internet. But, it won't be the first time some self proclaimed Christian attempted to  put GOD into a box in order to feel safer roaming around in the mystery of life.

Hello Sidney:

 

So, you grew up Pentecostal and attended lots of church services…I too lived in religion every day as a Holy Cross brother of Notre Dame and a Catholic since day “1”…shall we have a contest?  Neither you nor I were saved in religion!  I was a pagan and lost in all of the above.  I’m 75, how many years have you lived thus far?

 

I have been in retirement from police work, and as a police chief I knew AA quite well…they made drug addicts out of drunkards.  Wake up before it’s too late!

 

You are right, Jesus is good – HE’S THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD and His true followers do not “say a whole bunch of crap” as you state.  Well, you know a man by his fruit, and yours doesn’t smell so good.  Christ doesn’t use AA meetings to help HIS people, as HIS people aren’t in AA.  HIS PEOPLE ARE SAVED!  AA people are not saved!  You need to wake up – your tool that works is sending you right to hell, and believe me, there’s no mystery in you…as what you have spoken is open for all to see and shows that YOU NEED JESUS CHRIST for your salvation.  Repent and be saved!  AA won’t get you to heaven.  Sidney, get a life, one in Christ, Jesus Christ of the Word, not the false god of AA meetings.

 

A friend in Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        Your website

FROM:        James M.

 

Hello Sir

 

I realize that whatever I may say I will have little impact on you opinions but having read the content of you site I have some concerns.

Although much of your writing contain highly spiritual and insightful teaching I am concerned about your words concerning organized religion.

There are allot of anti Catholic and Anglican teachings about at te moment but I plead you to realize that without Catholicism much of the world would never have heard about Jesus and the Lord, check you Roman history.

I am also very worried about the high level off judgment dealt out in your articles, there are many dark forces present in the world (I know I was blessed with discernment off spirits) but please be careful giving sweeping blanket statements about organizations and nations of the world, only the lord may judge.

 

I hate to criticize a fellow man of Gob, but please I beg you be a little more open-minded about other denominations of the church, the King James version is a fine translation of the bible but it is not the only possible “word” of God.  Many men wiser than ourselves have followed different texts.

 

God bless you sir, what your doing is great, please don’t think I’m criticism your work, I hope you’ll see it as constructive criticism.

 

All my Love

 

Hello James:

Thank you for writing.  I teach that there is only ONE GOD, and HIS WORD is TRUTH.  Satan has ALL religions which do not follow the Word of God, but, follow the ways and traditions of men which of course cannot save anyone.  Religion, including the Catholic religion, keeps tradition and rules of men, with false teachers teaching lies of men, and, Satan is the prince of it.

The long-held claim that the Roman Catholic Church was the only unchangeable church teaching Jesus Christ is truly not supported by church history -- not even supported by Roman Catholic history.  My friend, you had better study further on Roman Catholic history.  What is taught is the Roman Catholic dogma which is solely based upon tradition that contradicts the Bible, God's infallible Word.  Most Catholics are so indoctrinated that they cannot come to the saving knowledge that which Jesus Christ has handed us in His Word.  How sad to realize that the false claims of the Catholic church influenced so many to join or to stay in this false church, which actually is the product of centuries of changes. 

NO church or religion has ever saved anyone, but Christ can and will save everyone who will come and trust Him as their Saviour. Acts 4:12; John 6:37; 10:27-30. Membership or faith in the Roman Catholic church does not secure salvation for anyone, but trusting Jesus Christ and Him alone and you will be saved for all eternity!

In Jesus Christ

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Sharon

 

<>I'm not sure where you got your information on us Pentecostals ,but you are so wrong!  We beleive  the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.  It has nothing to do with works.  Speaking in tongues is in the Bible (Acts 2:4)  I could go on but I think I have made my point. As Christians we all need to be straving to be more like Christ.     

             God Bless You,

 

Hello Sharon:

If you believe the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ, then why must those in Pentecostalism see a sign to believe?  This is nothing more than sight and NOT faith.  The Pentecostals must have their physical signs of modern day miracles BEFORE believing in Jesus Christ.  What did it take for you, talking in tongues?  Yes, I’m sure you could go on giving me all the examples of how a Pentecostal's faith comes to rest on seeing and believing in their miracles, wonders, feelings, talking in tongues, things that the worshiper can experience.  Sharon, tongues have passed away today because the canon of Scripture is complete.  Paul told the Corinthians that prophecies, tongues, etc. shall cease – (I Cor. 13:8) “when that which is perfect is come…” (I Cor. 13:10).  A Pentecostal person can allow tongues to become what it is, ritualistic and mechanical, and they can speak in tongues and still be lost for all eternity.  Pentecostals today deny the Word of God through their attempt in believing that God is still speaking today through these tongues, visions, dreams, etc.  This teaching is not only unscriptural since the Word of God alone is sufficient for all things (2 Timothy 3:14-17), but it also opens the door to many strange and unbiblical “words from God” to mankind that He never spoke.  Remember, Jesus speaks to us through HIS WORD, not through some nonsensical gibberish, unknown to the majority…and if this goes on in your meeting place, you had better seek the TRUE JESUS, because you are being deceived by men.

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


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SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Saliamma

 

Big liars.  Who does not know anything about the Christ and zero knowledge about catholics and other denominations.  Do you know about the apparition of mother mary at fathima.  She appeared before 70000 people.

You people are really responsible for the destruction of faith and everything.

 

Hello Saliamma:

I do not lie!  What I know, according to the Word of God, I teach, and that is Jesus Christ ONLY!   MOST do not know HIM as THEIR SAVIOR, but only as a religious figure. 

I was born 13 years following the claim of these false apparitions of Mary…later, I was a Holy Cross brother in the pagan Catholic religion and did NOT know JESUS CHRIST as my personal Savior…but I, like you, was quite aware of the apparitions of Fatima which was taught me in grade school at Our Lady of Lourdes…and I, along with my brothers, sisters and parents perceived many different things about her words which were sealed by the Pope of Rome.  We even thought the Catholic Mary (also the Mary of other religions and cults) would aid in my salvation.  Wrong! 

I was deceived as a Catholic of 40 years.  I now know that the “Mary of the Bible” is not the same Mary all these religions speak of.  For the “Mary” that people in religion and cults claim to have seen in apparitions by Catholics, Muslims, and the other false religions is the “Mary” of Satan.  It is this false “Mary” appeal that has become a growing phenomenon and is certainly NOT BIBLICAL!  The Bible commands Christians to PROVE all things, and I would say that phony visions most assuredly fall under this scripture:  “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21).

I know that the Mary of the Bible has no power, ability, or influence to make promises to assist anyone in their salvation as claimed by the false religions, and this is nothing more than another counterfeit.  No sinner ever went to Mary to get to Jesus.  The Plan of Salvation that was laid down for all of mankind is in the Word.  There is ONLY ONE DOOR, ONE WAY FOR MAN TO ENTER THROUGH, AND, JESUS SAID:  “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)… “I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber…I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…(John 10:1; 9)

Saliyamma, if you have climbed up some other way, Jesus said this same one: “is a thief and a robber.”

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. [II Timothy 4:3-4]

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond  

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SUBJECT:        You are so Confused

FROM:        Bobby

 

...and  confusing  others.....While I  am  not  a  Roman Catholic...I  know their  is  one HOLY  CATHOLIC  CHURCH AND  IT  DID  NOT  START  IN  1611 WITH  king  James...It  started  with  Peter...who   denied  Christ  and was  not  their  when  they  crucified  Him...Should  we  consider  him an  apostate...He  knew  Christ  personally  ..professed  Him  "Thou Art  the  Christ  the Son  of  the  Living God....but  fell  away  when he  was  needed.......But  latter  after  Pentecost  He  was  clearly the  main  leader  of  the  church.....You  would  not  have  a  kjv  of the  Bible  if  the Catholic  Church  had  not  preserved  it.......You hand  out  judgements  against  nearly  everyone  that  has  been  part of  God's  Church..human  and  subject  to  sin  yes  ,but  God  used them..as  He  did  Moses.....was  he  perfect?  Was KING  David perfect?  NO...SO  SHOULD  WE  GIVE  UP  AND  CALL  THEM APOSTATE
.....you  INTERPRET  WHAT  THE  BIBLE  SAYS...just  as  all  men do..but  you  sound  like  a  very  angry  person......a bit  like  a cult  figure....You  speck  like  a  person  with  authority...but  your just  a  Man.......One  who  could  use  a  real  baptism  of  The HOLY
Spirit....maybe  we  could  see  the  Fruits  of  the  Spirit...SOUNDS LIKE YOU  HAVE  MADE  THE  KJV  One  of  your IDOLS....

Hello Bobby:

Thank you for writting!  Absolutely, you are correct, even though you are NOT a Roman Catholic, the Catholic church (and, it isn't holy) DID NOT START IN 1611.

Please allow me to help you here.  First of all, three is ONLY ONE "HOLY" and that is JESUS CHRIST, Lord and Savior of ALL men - "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?  for thou ONLY art holy:: (Revelations 16:5).  So you see, the Catholic church is NOT HOLY, but ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ is holy.   Those who know Scripture understand this.

Besides, Bobby...the Catholic church DID NOT START WITH PETER.  Sorry!  Peter was married, "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he was his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever."  Matthew 8:14.  Popes in the RCC are not married.  Strange, isn't it?   Regrettably, there are many Catholics, and evidently people like you who ARE NOT catholic, having been taught and brainwashed into believeing that the 1st Christian church began with the Roman Catholic church, and Peter was its 1st Pope.  The FACT IS:  the Roman Catholic church was not founded until AFTER the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

Also, the FACT IS:  Scripture tells us over and over again that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Rock, as in 1 Corinthians 10:4 - "And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."  PETER WAS NOT THE ROCK spoken of in the Word.  For the 1st three centuries there was NO POPE, nor evidence that Peter was ever a Pope.  It was the Catholic church that made Peter into a Pope, along with other men who, after Peter, were also made into Popes.

The true church (bride of Christ) has been built on the ROCK, JESUS CHRIST, and this church reigns in the HEARTS OF MEN.  It is spiritual, something perhaps you wouldn't understand, and something that even the Catholic church cannot understand.

Catholics, and people like you, contend that the whole world is indebted to the Roman Catholic church for the existence of the Bible,  This is another of their attempts to exalt the church as an authority in addition to the Bible.  The Catholic Church has NOT been the sole possessor of the Bible at ANY time.  Who is the Preserver of the King James Bible?  God promised to perserve His Word, and it should be obvious to the most casual reader of the Bible, He not only loved man enough to die for him, but enought to give him His Word in the first place and He also promised to keep it pure for every generation.  Concerning preservation of the Word:  Matthew 4:4 - "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by ever word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."; 1 Peter 1:23-25 - "Being born again, not of corriptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the world of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

Bobby, no where in the Word of God would anyone see that the Catholic religion preserved the Word of God, the King James Bible.  And, the King James Bible is based upon accurate manuscripts.  The contention of the Catholics and many other Demoniniations, including some Protestantts, that the New Testament canon was not officially established until the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D. is rediculous.  Did the first, second, third and fourth century Christians not know which books were scripture until the "Catholic church" determined it for them?  Nonsense!  After John penned Revelation the matter was settled for Bible believers.  It certainly wasn't the Roman Catholics that made them write: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for isntruction in rightesouness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all god works."  (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophesy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came no in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:19-21).  Bobby, it was God the Holy Spirit who inspired these men, perfectly and accurately, to write the words of God, and the Word of Jesus Christ.  The Catholics did not inspire or preserve anything, especially the KJV.  The Lord has always used His people to keep His Word, not the apostate Catholic religions!  THE MOST IMPORTANT SCRIPTURE TO REMEMBER WHEN THE WORD BEGAN - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  (John 1:1)

One other thing, the Catholic church was NEVER in the beginning, ONLY the Word was!

Why do you say that I interpret tyhe Bible just as all men do?  Of course you should feel free to call me all the names you see fit.  But, anytime a man speeks the truth he will be condemned, and well, you have just judged me, isn't that strange that you are doing what you say I do?

I do not hand out judgments, ONLY Jesus judges the heart of every person on earth, and He will dispense judgment from His throne.  I judge sin when I see it, false teachings when I hear or see them, and, what I do judge, I judge according to the Word of God, certainly no according to man.  We are to test all things!  In 1 John 4:1 - "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out intot he world."  In this verse we are commanded not to believe every spirit.  We must not believe every wind of teaching we fear.  We must "try" or test the spirits.    This means we are to test all teaching with the Word of God to see if what is being taught is from the Word or false. By testing what is being taught, we can make the judgment between right and wrong doctrine and false teachers, especially the Catholic church.  These are spreading damnable heresies that deny the foundation, which is Jesus Christ, the Rock.  I use the Bible as my guideline to judge between true and false teachings:  "Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5:10-11).

Jesus left the Holy Spirit for all who follow Him and He is my teacher and guide.  I do not believe that you know the meaning of "baptism of the Holy Spirit", perhaps you just know gibberish.  But Bobby, the Scriptures were written for all men, and ALL will be judged by them in the last day (Revelation 20:12; John 12:48).  Jesus said that His Word will abide forever (Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:23-25) and I believe Him.  May the Holy Spirit guide you and lead you into His truth as found prserved in the Word of God, the King James Authorized Bible; the Bible the Roman Catholic church DID NOT PRESERVE, BUT FEARS THE MOST.

Only Jesus Christ can save you Bobby, no religion, no cult, no anything.    Jesus Christ ONLY is the door to your salvation, through His cleansing blood ALL can receive eternal happiness - - something that the Catholic church, religions and cults, cannot give you.  If you don't believe the Word, you do not have Jesus Chrsit.  Believe on Him and repent of your sin before He comes for His saints, and you are left behind, for HE'S COMING SOON, VERY SOON!

In Jesus Christ
Raymond

 

MARCH 2005


SUBJECT:        Baptism

FROM:        Rudy

 

Hello,

 

Brother in Chist, I have been reading your articles and have had many concerns confirmed by your writings and the witness of the Holy Spirit in me.
 

I'm not one for lengthy statements or long winded paragraphs (I don't like to write) so please don't hold the brevity of this against me.
 

I have been challenged to "prove" the things you teach one by one and am amazed at the carnalisms of the "Secular Churches & Denominations" teaching as commandments the "doctrines of men".  Specifically in the area of Tithes and Baptism.  In all the scriptures and the Holy Spirit agree against the "Institutionalized Religions".
 

There is a continuity through "Acts of the Apostles" in relating to both issues.  John the Baptists message of Repentance and "Water Baptism" was ordained of God and the Apostles carried it out along with Salvation through Faith in Jesus the Risen  Begotten of God.  The first recorded conversion of a "Gentile" was Cornelius in Acts Ch. 8, specifically look at verse 12:48Chapter 11 continues with the amazement of the converted Jews to the fact that the Gentiles have been "granted repentance to life" v.18.  From Christ's Ascension and through to Ch.15 the Jews are still keeping the "body of the Law" ref. Acts 10:28.  See specifically Peters objection to to eating anything "common or unclean".  The chronology of which is some 4-9 years (approximate) after the ascension of Christ before the first recorded conversion of a Gentile.
 

Paul, a Messianic Jew (after conversion), and "chosen vessel of God to the Gentiles" (Acts 8:15-16) is not recorded as having baptized Gentiles or of having taught such in any of his Epistles.  In fact, the Holy Spirit bears witness to the fact of the Gentiles freedom from the "Law of Moses" in Acts Ch.15  Paul also confirms there to be no Jew or Greek in Galalatians 3:28, for we are all ONE in Christ Jesus, free from the Law of Sin & Death which even the Apostles admit to in Acts 15:10 not "being able to bear"!  And also, 1 Corinthians 10:23 - "All things are lawful," but all things are not expedient. "All things are lawful," but all things edify not" read also 10:17-33.
 

So it is by Faith alone in Christ we stand righteous before God! Romans 4:24-25, 5:19-21, 5:6-18
 

Yours in Christ,
 

Rudy
 
SECOND E-MAIL FROM RUDY:
 
I need to add corrections to my letter to you.  I wrote:
 
Paul, a Messianic Jew (after conversion), and "chosen vessel of God to the Gentiles" ( Acts 8:15-16) is not recorded as having baptized Gentiles or of having taught such in any of his Epistles.
 
However I was incorrect and am required by the Holy Spirit to state the following corrections:
 
1)  Acts 16:1-5, Timothy circumcised by Paul so as to not offend those they wanted to deliver the Word of God to, Timothy's salvation was not in jeapardy due to to this "Keeping of the Law of Circumcision" nor did it make him subject to the rest of the Law as Timothy's salvation was by Faith in Christ not the Law
2)  Acts 16:13-15, Lydia and her household receives salvation and baptism.
3)  Acts 16:29-34, Jailer and his family converted and baptized
4)  Acts 18:7-8, Corinthians believe and baptized
5)  Acts 19:1-7, Paul baptizes in the "Name of Jesus" then he lays hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit
6)  Acts 21:17-26, Paul follows the "Law" again, confirmed by his word in 24:10-21, specifically v.17-18, Paul's salvation is never in jeapardy through his obedience to the Law
7)  Acts 22:16, Paul testifies as to his baptism at his repentance

 


Hello Rudy:

 

Thank you for writing!  You were correct in your 1st e-mail to me, in understanding the necessity of “faith” over “works”, and in the 2nd e-mail, it seems you changed from “Faith” to “Works” of the Law in Acts.  The “works” being that of “Baptism”. 

 

First of all, one must realize that the centrality of the “church” went from Jerusalem in Acts 2-11:18 to Antioch in Acts 11:19 and Acts 13:1-4, where the Apostle to the Gentiles is commissioned and sent forth, so the preaching shifts from Jews to Gentiles and the message becomes the gospel of grace.  Then the disciples were called “Christians” (Acts 11:26).  All of this was the transition period.

 

1)         In Acts 16:1-5: Correct, Paul did not want to offend, so he became a good Jew to save souls, and Timothy was circumcised, so that their work among the Jews would be easier.

2)         In Acts 16:13-15:  This is not water baptism, it is of the Holy Spirit.

3)         In Acts 16:29-34:   This was a special event – The question was asked: "What must I do to be saved?" The answer is, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved".  No baptism is mentioned until later after they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and then all who believed were baptized.  Here, sometimes it is argued that baptism is necessary for salvation, but if that be the case, why would Paul say in I Cor. 1:14, “I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius

4)         In Acts 18:7-8:  Why would Paul say in I Cor.1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel"  Consider Apolllos, there is no record of his being re-baptized in Jesus' name (he was baptized unto repentance by John), yet there is no question about his salvation.  Acts 18:25 (Apollos) "Though he knew only the baptism of John…" see also vs 19“And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.” 

5)         In Acts 19:1-7:  Paul baptized no one here.  We find these already had been baptized by John in water which was the Baptism of Repentance, but were later baptized in Christ. Vs 2, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”  They should have known about the existence of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament. John taught his disciples that the one who comes after him would baptize them in the Holy Spirit. They did not know that Jesus had died and rose again and ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit was sent.

Meeting Paul in Ephesus (vs. 5). “…they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (in reference to Jesus) (vs. 6-7). “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them” (showing apostolic authority) “the Holy Ghost came on them.”  This clearly shows water baptism is different from Spirit baptism, since these were already water baptized by John. They received the Spirit not by water but after the apostles laid hands on them, affirming their belief. This is Spiritual Baptism into the “body of Christ, not water baptism.

6)         In Acts 21:17-26:  Paul, James and other disciples opposed this heresy without flinching, but when it came to removing “stumblingblocks”, they all adhered to the Jewish law so as not to offend the Jews. This was the beginning of Paul’s faith.

7)         In Acts 22:16:  Paul recounts the words of Ananias to him following his experience on the Damascus road: "…arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.  Paul's sins were washed away not by baptism, but by calling on His name.

Some people believe that Acts 22:16 (above) is strong proof that baptism is necessary for salvation (in other words, they believe we are still "in our sins" until we get baptized and "wash our sins away"). But remember that we should be careful not to divorce a verse of Scripture from its context. If you read the entire context of Acts 22:16, it describes Saul receiving salvation and his commission as an apostle before he was baptized in water.

All indications are that the majority of these passages are referring to the reality of our union with Jesus Christ and with the Father and with the Spirit through faith and through the baptism that really makes a difference to our Christian lives and eternal futures, baptism of the Holy Spirit. This, after all, is exactly what John had predicted: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance .... but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire" (Matt.3:11).

Water baptism saves no one! No, rather it is the Spirit's baptizing you into Christ following your calling upon God in repentance and in faith in Jesus and His resurrection that saves you as God answers your prayer for a clean conscience before Him: it is repentance and faith that saves you, not any literal washing off of the dirt on your body but the washing of your hearts through repentance and faith, for this is the true baptism, the baptism of the Spirit which follows your repentance and faith.

Rudy, may the Holy Spirit guide both of us here, perhaps this will help – in numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7 – these are a Baptism of repentance, and not the Law…When Christ died the Law was fulfilled – and the living water (Jesus Christ) is now spiritual water.

In Jesus Christ,
Raymond


THIRD E-MAIL FROM RUDY:

Hello Rudy:

Thank you for writing!  You were correct in your 1st e-mail to me, in understanding the necessity of "faith" over "works", and in the 2nd e-mail, it seems you went from "Faith" to "Works" of the Law in Acts.  The "works" being that of "Baptism". 

 

I have by no means switched to "Works" for salvation.  Salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit on a Repentant heart that desires to be free of sin that he/she may worship God in spirit and truth.  This salvation is on Believing that Christ died for our sins having nailed them to the cross and rising from the dead for our justification.


First of all, one must realize that the centrality of the "church" went from Jerusalem in Acts 2-11:18 to Antioch in Acts 11:19 and Acts 13:1-4, where the Apostle to the Gentiles is commissioned and sent forth, so the preaching shifts from Jews to Gentiles and the message becomes the gospel of grace.  Then the disciples were called "Christians" (Acts 11:26).  All of this was a transition period.

1)  In Acts 16:1-5: Correct, Paul did not want to offend, so he became a good Jew to save souls, and Timothy was circumcised, so that their work among the Jews would be easier.

2) In Acts 16:13-15:  This is not water baptism, it is of the Holy Spirit.


Acts 10:

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

Here we see "devout" men and women accepting the salvation of Christ, being baptized in the Holy Ghost then being "commanded" to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  They had already received salvation and the Holy Spirit, so salvation is not a condition of water baptism, rather being water baptized is our first outward confession/act before men as a witness of the repentance that has already occurred in our hearts. 


3) In Acts 16:29-34:   This was a special event - The question was asked: "What must I do to be saved?" The answer is, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved".  No baptism is mentioned until later after they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and then all who believed were baptized.  Here, sometimes it is argued that baptism is necessary for salvation, but if that be the case, why would Paul say in I Cor. 1:14, "I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius"


1 Cor:

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

The issue was in rebuke of the saints for making themselves out to be sectarian in nature by ascribing to one teacher or another, we are to be like minded without division.  Yes, Paul was sent to preach, not to baptize, yet the scripture proves that he did water baptize and it is sound doctrine.  It is the fulfilment of all righteousness as spoke of by Jesus in Matthew 3:


15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.

Noone will argue that Jesus needed to repent, or that the baptism saved Jesus, so what is the purpose?  The answer is evident in the above scripture, "fulfil all righteousness".  It is the act of a "saved" individual already "set apart" toward God by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to live toward God in the Spirit putting off the former things.  It is a witness and declaration to others of what has already occurred.


4) In Acts 18:7-8:  Why would Paul say in I Cor.1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel"  Consider Apolllos, there is no record of his being re-baptized in Jesus' name (he was baptized unto repentance by John), yet there is no question about his salvation.  Acts 18:25 (Apollos) "Though he knew only the baptism of John…" see also vs 19 - "And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews." 

5) In Acts 19:1-7:  Paul baptized no one here.  We find these already had been baptized by John in water which was the Baptism of Repentance, but were later baptized in Christ. Vs 2, "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost."  They should have known about the existence of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament. John taught his disciples that the one who comes after him would baptize them in the Holy Spirit. They did not know that Jesus had died and rose again and ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit was sent.


Meeting Paul in Ephesus (vs. 5). "…they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." (in reference to Jesus) (vs. 6-7). "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them" (showing apostolic authority) "the Holy Ghost came on them." This clearly shows water baptism is different from Spirit baptism, since these were already water baptized by John. They received the Spirit not by water but after the apostles laid hands on them, affirming their belief. This is Spiritual Baptism into the "body of Christ, not water baptism.

6) In Acts 21:17-26:  Paul, James and other disciples opposed this heresy without flinching, but when it came to removing "stumblingblocks", they all adhered to the Jewish law so as not to offend the Jews. This was the beginning of Paul's faith.

 

I'm not sure what you mean here by the "beginning of Paul's faith."  Pauls' faith was evident at his salvation.

7) In Acts 22:16:  Paul recounts the words of Ananias to him following his experience on the Damascus road: "…arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."  Paul's sins were washed away not by baptism, but by calling on His name.

I agree!

Some people believe that Acts 22:16 (above) is strong proof that baptism is necessary for salvation (in other words, they believe we are still "in our sins" until we get baptized and "wash our sins away"). But remember that we should be careful not to separate a verse of Scripture from its context. If you read the entire context of Acts 22:16, it describes Saul receiving salvation and his commission as an apostle before he was baptized in water.

All indications are that the majority of these passages are referring to the reality of our union with Jesus Christ and with the Father and with the Spirit through faith and through the baptism that really makes a difference to our Christian lives and eternal futures, baptism of the Holy Spirit. This, after all, is exactly what John had predicted: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance .... but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire" (Matt.3:11).

Water baptism saves no one! No, rather it is the Spirit's baptizing you into Christ following your calling upon God in repentance and in faith in Jesus and His resurrection that saves you as God answers your prayer for a clean conscience before Him: it is repentance and faith that saves you, not any literal washing off of the dirt on your body but the washing of your hearts through repentance and faith, for this is the true baptism, the baptism of the Spirit which follows your repentance and faith.


I agree! 

These topics are important, but we need to also teach the brethren and practice "rest" through repentance from dead works, that the Power of the Holy Spirit "indwelling" us to be "more than a conqueror" over sin that we may "walk in the Spirit" not filfilling the "lust of the flesh".  This can only occur in a repentant heart that earnestly desires to escape sin to be with God!  That's why Jesus came, to give us "REST" in him from our dead works that don't please Him anyway:


Matthew 11:

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


There remains a "yoke" for the believer, to love.  This can only be accomplished by ceasing from dead works and entering into the rest Jesus bought with his sacrifice, receiving the "Power from on High" being conformed into Christ's image (love) by the Holy Spirit.  We cannot do it by our fleshly efforts and will-power, He has to do it by the Power that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure!!


Rudy, may the Holy Spirit guide both of us here...


AMEN!

In His Spirit, Rudy


Hello Rudy:

 

Thanks for writing back!  Continue studying the Word, as we both must do, and the Holy Spirit shall make us wise!  Amen!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond


FOURTH E-MAIL FROM RUDY:

 

Amen.

 

I like your website, it challenged me and got me off my rear to study more thoroughly and not take so much for granted that I had been taught by men.  I listen more to God’s Spirit now and am amazed at the “works” mentality that’s out there.  I believe it’s because there is way too much compromise in the Body!  A little leaven, leavens the whole lump!  We’re called to holiness, not by our works but following His leadership (in the Spirit) into His works Romans 8:14, not ours (that is with our futile fleshly mind).  We MUST also be willing to let go (I speak of myself) of the little lusts & covetous attitudes that enslave us in compromise, thereby quenching the Holy Spirit, leaving us dead to hearing Christ.  So in our guilt we do works according to our flesh rather than being followers of God as dear children.  Quick repentance and letting go of the little things means God can trust us with larger things.  That translates into God doing even more through us!  Fruit of the Spirit, that’s my goal, Christ in me, the hope of Glory!

 

Thank You, keep up the good work.

 

In Christ,

Rudy

 

Hello Rudy!

 

Thank you for your kind words!  And yes, it is the Word that has set us both free.  Keep on keeping Christ in you, as He is our ONLY hope, the ONLY HOPE for ALL MEN…Amen brother!

 

In Jesus Christ

Raymond 

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SUBJECT:        Blessed

FROM:        J.W.

 

Dear brother in Christ,

I am a born again Baptist Christian. And for some time I have been looking into what the heck the catholics really believe. And I have been searching about mary. And there was nothing on the net of her not being holy!  to me this was crazy, because I know the Bible and it says that only Jesus is Holy. I was blessed when i came across finally the truth on the web. I was in my college library when i stumbled upon it. And God Bless you and your ministry. I will use this information to hopefully lead a few of my Catholic friends to Christ, Gods way, not the Churches. I also am amazed at how The Catholic church did mirror the Jewish Church during Jesus' time. They would not and still will not repent of their sins with their whole heart because they are to prideful in their own acheivements and self glorification. But it is writen that we love our enemys. I can only pray that there will be a Pope that changes things around and say " I"M NOT HOLY ONLY JESUS IS!" that would be great. I'm sure he would get stoned or something...well Please email me back. I again very much appreciate your work and studdies.

 

Hello:

 

You are correct in what the Catholic church teaches, and it isn’t truth.  All religions are in trouble.

 

I was baptized into the Catholic religion, and later became a Baptist, but now I am a “believer” ONLY in Jesus Christ, by faith through His grace.  It’s living His Word every day of our lives.  Yes, I have been set free from religions of man, and it’s a great blessing to walk Jesus Christ daily.

 

It’s important to be as Jesus Christ would have us be, and that is “born again” believers in Him, with nothing else added, not religion, tradition or man’s ways.  Stay out of religion and walk with Him ONLY!

 

Thank you for writing and your kind comments.  Stay in Him always!

 

In Jesus Christ,

Raymond 

 

FEBRUARY 2005


SUBJECT:        (no subject)

FROM:        Ariadne S.

 

Dear Raymond,

 

Thank you so much for clearing things up, i knew  I wasnt losing it.

I had my pastor come out on Sunday night to bless my home and rebuke anything that was not of Our Lord Jesus Christ...and yes He also told me to get rid of the pictures (I did!)  The experience was intense and He wants me to read John 1-5 for 7 days and The pastor told me to stay with my parents until the 7 days are up.

 

Thank you so much for your prayers and keep praying for the Subject Family..I had a dream that my husband was getting out before time and praise God I believe that in my heart.

 

As far as your question about the occult, no I had never practice it, my mother before she was a Christian (about 30 years ago) use to practice witchcraft, but not anymore. She repented and she serves only God.

 

The peace of God has surrounded me now, and I'm not afraid anymore.