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Test to see if you follow Blind Guides (verses included)


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Test to see if you follow Blind Guides (verses included)

by alan ballou

Blind guides make up their own philosophy based rules, rather than just simply following the instructions that are already in place. Take for example Matthew 23:16-17 below.

 

Matthew 23:16-18
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’  17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? NKJV

Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees over and over because of the extra rules that they came up with. They did follow some of the things that they were instructed to do to the letter, but they ignored what Jesus described as the “weightier matters of the Law.”

Matthew 23:23-24
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! NKJV

The same is true today even in this country. The bottom line is that whoever teaches Christians in opposition to our instructions found in the Bible is without a doubt wrong, regardless of who they are, or how much training they have received.

Extensive training does not equal success. As far as the Christian life is concern, it’s far better to listen to a dumb donkey, who can speak in accordance with the Word of God, than someone with a Ph.D. who can’t tell you what God said.

Why? We’re supposed to recognize true Christians by their fruit, and not their titles (2 Corinthians 5:16, Matthew 7:16), and fruit always includes what we say.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.  36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” NKJV

I told one pastor that he was going to have to start over, and I meant starting over with the Bible. I suggested having everyone step out outside, and telling them that anyone who accepts and believes what is actually written in the Bible, is welcome back in.

Why? There were so many false doctrines that the people had come to believe, and every little group within the group had their own set of beliefs.

In the end, we’re not going to be able to say, “But that’s what they told me,” or “That’s what I believed!” We are either Christ followers (Christians Acts 11:26), or we are not. We are either believers, or we are not, and as believers it is our responsibility to test everything we hear (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Let me give you a few facts about the people who are going to Heaven.

#1 They believe Jesus Christ. All people who call themselves Christian will tell you that they believe Jesus, but remember “blind guides” only teach bits and pieces of what they are supposed to preach.

Therefore, if you believe Jesus Christ, then you believe that those who do not abide in Him will be cast out, thrown into the fire, and burned, according to the Words of Jesus Christ, written in John 15:1-6.

John 15:1-6
 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV

Check those verses from your version of the Bible, because you see most church attending people in this country not only do not believe Jesus, but they have also made up their own un-written philosophy based doctrines to follow, just like the Pharisee of old.

If you believe Jesus, then you should know how to abide in Jesus. No, “go have a personal relationship with Jesus” is not written in the Bible. It’s philosophy, and if that was your answer then you have been taken captive by it.

Colossians 2:8
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. NKJV

Be honest with yourself because if you do not know how to abide in Jesus, and you have been attending church services for more than a few weeks, then you are following blind guides, who travel the world to win a single convert, just to make him a son of hell with their philosophy.

Matthew 23:15
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. NKJV

Imagine this. If John 15:1-6 is true, then only a few church attending people today will make it, and that is exactly what Jesus Christ said would happen.

Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. NKJV

Jesus declared that many will take the path that leads to destruction, and only a few would take the right path. You cannot identify the right path by the majority. If anything, the opposite is true.

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Whats the difference in eternal salvation and being saved into the kingdom of Christ (verses included)


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Comments: Whats the difference in eternal salvation and being saved into the kingdom of Christ

The short answer is, “remaining in the Kingdom.”

Explanation.

The Kingdom of God has been given to Christ, or in other words, Christ has been placed in charge of it.

Luke 22:29
29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, NKJV

Matthew 28:18
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. NKJV

Acts 10:42
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. NKJV

When we were saved, as Christians (Christ followers Acts 11:26), we were placed into Christ”s Kingdom, which is simply the Kingdom of God under Christ’s control.

Ephesians 2:4-10
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV

Colossians 1:12-14
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV

This is the reason why I would say something like “we were saved into the Kingdom of Christ,” because that is where all Christians were placed by God when we got saved.

Out of those who get saved, only those who trust and believe Jesus Christ, and believe the Gospel are sealed and guaranteed an inheritance.

Ephesians 1:13-14
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. NKJV

The rest of the Christians, who were saved into the Kingdom of Christ, do not have a permanent place in the family. In other words, they are in the family, but they will not remain, or abide in the family forever, according to the Word of the Lord written in John 8:34-36 below.

John 8:34-36
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. NKJV

The only Christians, who are set free from being a slave to sin, are the ones who abide (remain) in Jesus. Check the verses below, and know that there is not a church left in the Bible belt that is teaching these verses, but wouldn’t they teach them if they trusted Jesus? Welcome to the last days!

John 15:4-6
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV

1 John 3:4-6
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. NKJV

The only way to abide in Jesus Christ is to obey His commands, and so this is why it is written that Jesus is the source of eternal salvation for those who obey Him, but no body preaches these verses.

John 15:9-10
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. NKJV

Hebrews 5:9
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” NKJV

Again, you will not find one denomination in the Bible belt that teaches these verses, and yet they are clearly written in their Bibles. They boldly ignore them, and most of them willingly proclaim the opposite as truth. Woe to those who support false doctrines. When the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch (Luke 6:39).

The Christians, who continue in lawlessness (sin 1 John 3:4), will be weeded out of the Kingdom of Christ (Matthew 13:40-43), before Jesus hands the Kingdom back to God our Father (1 Corinthians 15:21-28). Therefore, eternal salvation is for those who remain in the Kingdom of God, when it is in Heaven, hence the term Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 13:40-43
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! NKJV

1 Corinthians 15:21-28
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. NKJV

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Can Christians lose their salvation? (verses included)


Can Christians lose their salvation

Can Hebrews 6:1-8 happen to a Christian? Do you think it is possible for this type of christian to lose his salvation, or according to 1 Corinthians 5:5, will his spirit only to be saved and not his body?

First I would like to say that Hebrews 6 is just as true as John 3. Sometimes we may not understand how two things that seemingly contrast can both be true, but we need to always trust God and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

The Bible never says that a Christian “cannot” lose their salvation. That’s something that we assume, and love to hear in keeping with 2 Timothy 4:3-4. It seems to be right, but we are instructed not to add to the Word of God (Proverbs 30:5-6), and to only speak and think what is written, even in our hearts (Romans 10:6-8, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Check the verses.

Knowing these verses, the first thing that should come to mind whenever we hear something that seems right is “where is it written?” If it is not written, it is not needed for this life (2 Peter 1:3-4). We only know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9), but the part we know contains everything we need for life.

Read Hebrews 2:1-3 out loud a few times. I want you to read it out loud, because faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17), and if you are accustomed to speaking against what is written, like millions of Christians today, then you may not be able to see it if you don’t read it out loud (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

Hebrews 2:1-3
1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,  NKJV

Can we neglect our salvation according to verse 3 above? Why do so many preach the opposite? They can no longer see the verses that they willingly speak against (1 Timothy 6:20-21), and you will be the same if you, now after knowing the truth, reject the truth in order to fit in with the blind.

John 12:42-43
42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. NKJV

Hebrews chapter 2 sets the stage for Hebrews chapter 6. Yes, he is talking to Christians, who should already know and be practicing the elementary things, such as repentance from dead works, faith, the doctrine of baptism (covered in Romans ch 6), eternal judgment, and the like. Yes, this can happen, and is happening to Christians today.

Hebrews 6:1-8
1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. NKJV

Think about this. If we lived by faith in accordance with Romans 10:6-8, we would never allow our heart to speak against Hebrews 2:1-3 above, in order that we could be righteous by faith, as it is promised, and gain control over our bodies (James 3:2).

Romans 10:6-8
 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): NKJV

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

Knowing these things, and putting them into practice, will not only enable us to control our bodies (self-control), but they will also identity for us, “who does not have self control, and who is false” by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20, 12:33-37).

Therefore, I will never say that a Christian cannot “neglect” (throw away, disregard) their salvation, and they do that by “not” paying close attention to the Word, and thereby drifting away (Hebrews 2:1-3). You can be sure that those who preach against those verses are not being led to preach by the Holy Spirit. By their fruits you will recognize them.

So, to answer your question concerning Hebrews 6, yes I believe it is possible, and very probable that most Christians today will lose their salvation, because according to Jesus Christ, most will take the broad path (Matthew 7:13-14). As it is written below, they seek to enter, but they will not be able. They call Jesus Lord, “Lord, Lord, did we not do this or that in Your name,” but they ignored even the elementary instructions.

Luke 13:23-29
23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying,’Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you,’I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. NKJV

As evidence of this, I don’t believe that there is even one church left in this country that preaches the doctrine of abiding in Jesus Christ according to John 15:1-6, and there are forty other passages of scripture that we have rejected, if not more. I’m not just talking about some little hole in the wall church, but every mainstream denomination in this country, preaches in direct opposition of what Jesus Christ said in John 15:1-6, and forty other passages of scripture.

Therefore, it is very obvious to me that most church attending people today, have already rejected Jesus Christ, and refuse even to acknowledge His Word. Is it the Holy Spirit that makes us ignore John 15:1-6? They say “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” and they sing “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” but they reject His teachings, and have replaced it with the doctrines of men, just as the Pharisees did.

Matthew 15:7-14
7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”  
10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand:  11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.  14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” NKJV

Even when these things are mentioned to them, they refuse to repent, and return to the Word. So, yes I believe millions of Christians in this country are doomed to the fire of hell, or at best “outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30).

According to the Word of God, we are instructed, not to welcome anyone who does not bring the doctrine of abiding in Jesus Christ (2 John 1:9-11). Some of the newer Bibles have changed this to say “the teachings of Jesus,” but either way, is not John 15:1-6 a part of the teachings of Jesus?

2 John 9-11
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. NKJV

So how can those, who reject the precepts, have a good understanding (Psalm 111:10)? They can’t, but they have millions of followers, who refuse to recognize them according to their fruits, but they honor them according to their worldly statue. In doing so, they also reject 2 Corinthians 5:16, and Philippians 3:3-4.

Now, about your second question concerning 1 Corinthians 5:5.

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Who will inherit the Kingdom of God


Who will inherit the Kingdom of God, by alan ballou; a servant.

We are not guaranteed an inheritance in the Kingdom of God until after we hear the Word of truth, the Gospel of our salvation, and believe it.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. NKJV

According to that passage of scripture, we have to trust Jesus, hear the Word of truth, the Gospel of our salvation, and believe it before we are guaranteed an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

That’s different from being saved. Being saved means that we have been qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints according to the Word of the Lord written in Colossians 1:12. Continue reading Who will inherit the Kingdom of God

Will the blind lead the blind on the right path?


 

Will the blind lead the blind on the right path?

Will the blind lead the blind on the right path? by alan ballou

Ask someone you trust spiritually with your eternal future when Christ will make His home in you, and then ask Jesus Christ (John 14:21-23). Which do you believe? Have you not already chosen whom you believe by your actions?

Why did the Apostle Paul have doubts about the Galatians according to Galatians 4:19-20? Miracles were happening (Gal 3:1-5), so what could be so wrong? Christ was not formed in them yet!

You say, “Jesus does not judge me!” Correction; Jesus has already pronounced His judgment. Whatever scripture you do not accept and believe, it will judge you on the last day (John 12:47-48). Better check.

In other words, the Word itself will judge those who reject it, and do not believe it on the last day. So, even though Jesus does not judge those who do not accept His Words, His Words will judge them in the end. His Words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).

For judgment, Jesus has come (John 9:39), and He has already pronounced His judgment. For example, those who do not forgive, will not be forgiven, point, blank, period (Matthew 6:14-15).

To practice lawlessness is to refuse to be under any law, and all sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Therefore, those who refuse to be under law toward Christ, by forgiving everyone will be in the group of people with gnashing teeth in the end. The Word they have rejected will judge them in the end (John 12:48).

They say “We don’t have to obey Jesus, but just believe in Jesus.”  However, obeying Jesus Christ is a part of the Gospel message that we should be hearing (Romans 15:14-20 ). Those who believe Jesus, obey Jesus (Luke 6:46-49, John 12:46).

So, what happened? Well, they got saved, but obviously they don’t know that being saved and eternal salvation is two different things. Jesus is our Savior, but He is the source of eternal salvation for those who obey Him. If we believe Jesus, then we will hear His Word (John 5:24, 8:47). Continue reading Will the blind lead the blind on the right path?