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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.

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

Sometimes it is hard to get a believer to believe.

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Sometimes it is hard to get a believer to believe. By Alan Ballou

It’s an amazing thing when someone believes the actual Word of God, as if it came straight from God. You can see it in their face, and they are so excited!

Imagine attending church services your entire life, and for the first time in twenty years, God actually answers “your” prayer, as soon as you ask Him. At that point, the Christian life becomes real. It becomes personal, but then you will ask yourself, “Why did it take twenty years?”

I personally don’t like using the words “personal relationship,” not because it isn’t a personal relationship, but because that can be easily misinterpreted in such a way as to reject teaching Christians to obey Jesus. Very few Christians today even realize that we are supposed to be teaching people to obey Jesus, and I believe that using words like “personal relationship” is the cause.

The Bible doesn’t say go have a personal relationship with Jesus. Read the “Great Commission” below, which should be a part of the vision statement of any godly organization, and then read part of the doctrine of Jesus, found in John 14 (below).

Matthew 28:19-20  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. NKJV

According to Jesus Christ, in the Words above, how exactly are we supposed to make His followers? We are supposed to baptize them, and teach them to observe all things that He commanded. That’s how we make disciples of Jesus Christ, and that is what we should be teaching.

However, when new Christians stand up to say, “That’s not right,” and “We should be teaching people to have a personal relationship with Jesus,” then we should realize that they didn’t get the right message. They got an interpretation of the message, and that interpretation led them to reject the actual message. Take a look at the next one.

John 14:23-24  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. NKJV

Do we love Jesus? If we do not keep His Word, He doesn’t think that we love Him, according to the verses above. Not only that, but when will Jesus make His home on the inside of us, according to His Words above?

My friend, listen to what I am about to tell you. I could go on and on with how interpretation preaching, or philosophy teachings have caused us to drift far away from what the Bible actually says today. Listen to the following verses, because contrary to popular belief, we can neglect our salvation, and drift away.

Hebrews 2:1-3  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

There are many places today that do business in the name of Jesus, but Jesus’ teachings are not even welcomed. We have replaced Jesus’ Words with a man-made doctrines. That’s not a surprise to me, because it is written that it would happen (1 Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:1-4). Welcome to the last days!

I few years ago, I spent all day trying to convince the elders of one church that we still needed to baptize people. At the end of the day, they finally agreed, but that was only after they had mentioned statement after statement against baptism, which had to be proven false one by one, using their version of the Bible.

They had learned to quote sayings that are commonly used like “personal relationship,” but just like the words “personal relationship,” what they were so confidently saying was not even in the Bible. Imagine being an elder in the church, and taking a stand against the Word of God, with statements that were not even in the Bible version they were using. Is that not crazy?

You would think that as Christians (Christ followers), all we would need to do is to check to see what Jesus actually said in the Bible that we have been carrying for the past two decades, but many times, that isn’t the case. Little sayings from seemingly important people slip in, and before you know it, we are quoting a man-made-up doctrine in place of scripture.

Recently, I had a student break free from all the extra man-made garbage, and the end result is that God is answering his prayers. For the first time in his life, he has evidence that God listens to him, and has given him what he asked. Imagine how powerful that is.

Praise God, He has allowed me to see that over and over in the past twenty years. However, sometimes it is very difficult to bring someone, who thinks that they have been a believer all of their life, to the point of taking God at His Word.

Therefore, I am asking this question. Can we really believe part of what God has said, while ignoring, or even rejecting the rest, and still be a believer? Like I said, sometimes it is hard to get a believer to believe.

Some might say, “Well it’s just a matter of interpretation,” and I guess it could be in some cases, but it surely cannot be a matter of interpretation if what we believe, and quote is in direct opposition to what is actually written in our Bible.

When will Jesus make His home on the inside of us according to His own Words (John 14:23-24 above)? Do we need to baptize Christians and teach them to observe the teachings of Jesus according to His own Words (Matthew 28:19-20 above)?

If you teach differently, can it be a matter of interpretation, or do you have a belief problem? Sometimes it is hard to get a believer to believe.

However, if we teach Christians to obey Jesus, and make His Word remain in them, would they eventually position themselves where God would answer their prayers, according to the following verses?

John 15:5-10  “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.  7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 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

John 15:16-17  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. NKJV

Does verse 7, and verse 16 above say that we can ask whatever we desire, and it will be given to us? If those verses are true, shouldn’t we teach them to Christians in the church today, who are so desperately in need of answered prayers?

On the other hand, if we cannot get our prayers answered, wouldn’t that be evidence that we are not in the right position to receive what is promised? If you can’t use any of this type of teaching my friend, then take care because I know these verses are true, and knowing that they are true also tells me that many today are wasting their time learning garbage that isn’t even in the Bible. I don’t want to be a part of that.

One preacher told me that bearing fruit was leading people to Christ, and praise God that is one type of fruit, but clearly Jesus is talking about obeying His commands.

If we obeyed His commands we would “love one another” (John 13:34-35, 1 John 3:23), and if we loved one another, we would share what we have with our brothers who are in need (1 John 3:16-19). If we do not share what we have with those in need, then the love of God is not in us. That’s being fruitful, and here are the verses to prove it, if you are a believer.

1 John 3:16-19  By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. NKJV

Titus 3:8  This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. NKJV

Titus 3:14  And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. NKJV

How often should we be telling Christians to be careful to maintain good works according to God’s Word above? So now, how often have you heard that when you have gathered with “believers?” Right, and now you know why very few Christians are getting their prayers answered. We have rejected the parts of God’s Word that does not fit the message that we proclaim, and we have replaced it with good sounding, well-meaning philosophy.

Colossians 2:8  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

We have been cheated! Now, what should I do if I know that God’s Word works just like it is written, when we accept what it says, and start practicing it? Should I side with those who reject what their Bible says, or keep trying to reach people who will accept and believe the truth so that they will have their prayers answered?

The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power (1 Corinthians 4:20)! Are you teaching philosophy, man-made garbage, or power?

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What should we call God when we pray and what can we ask for?

What should we call God when we pray and what can we ask for? By Alan Ballou

How do you address God and does it really matter? This day and age, everyone has their own way of praying and the reasons why they do what they do. I have heard everything from “our gracious heavenly Father,” to “the man upstairs,”  and the reasons go from “God knows what we need before we ask ” to ” it really doesn’t matter because God knows who we are talking to anyway.”

If you want to be safe rather than sorry, always allow the Word of God itself to answer your questions (Hebrews 4:12). Yes, God does know what we need before we ask Him, but does the Bible say to ask anyway? Yes, there are many names for God, such as Yahweh, El Shaddai, Adonai, and many others, but does our instruction book (the Bible) tell us which one to use?

First of all, the Bible is very clear on Who we should pray to and what we should call Him. I know people who can tell you how many different names God has and what they all mean, but none of that changes our instructions. Listen to the Words of Jesus below.

John 16:23-27

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.  26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;  27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. NKJV

People who love Jesus, should pray to the Father, in Jesus’ name. I know that many other things may sound good and seem right, but our instructions tell us exactly who to pray to and how; Father, in Jesus’ name.

Get this. Jesus only spoke what God wanted Him to say according to the Word of the Lord written in John 12:49. Therefore, the instructions we have from John 16:23-27 above, are from God. God wants those who believe and allow His Spirit to lead them, to call Him, Father (Romans 8:14-15).

You may have heard a story about a girl who wouldn’t call God, Father, because she had an abusive father.  That’s sad, but be careful that your feelings do not change your faith. Faith always uses the evidence (Hebrews 11:1), and we have evidence that God wants us to call Him Father.

The fact of the matter is, that no one who has “given” his life to Christ has an Earthly father anyway, since the old you was crucified with Christ through your baptism (Romans 6:46, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15) . Read the verse before you run off.

 Matthew 23:9

9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. NKJV

If we have given our life to Jesus, then God is our Father, and He expects us to act like it. He has put His Holy Spirit in us, Who is Jesus Himself (1 Corinthians 15:45, 2 Corinthians 3:17), and by His Spirit within us we can and should call God our Father (Romans 8:15). Check the verses. The problem today is that we are only asking people to say a prayer to be saved, rather than dying to self with Christ.

A word of caution here. Yes, Matthew 23:9 is in the approved Catholic Bible too, but please do not use that as ammunition against people of the Catholic faith, since there are even more verses that could be used against any denomination out there today. So don’t think that your church has everything right, because it doesn’t. You surely need to keep reading if you think it does.

In fact, I have found that the churches that are picked on here in the Bible-belt, such as Catholics, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, have fewer violations than the denominations that pick on them. That makes the churches that pick on them a house full of hypocrites. We should first get the plank out of our eye, and then we will see clearly enough to help others (Matthew 7:3-5). If you think that your church is ready to help other churches get it right, then please read on.

The bottom line is that the Christ follower (Christian, Acts 11:26), who loves the Lord Jesus in accordance with John 14:21-23, should pray to the Father in Jesus’ name regardless of his denomination. He should no longer call his Earthly father by the name of father. This is going to change the churches view of father’s day as it should anyway, for those who follow what is written in their own Bible. Check the verses below.

 Galatians 4:6-11

6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. NKJV

Who observes special days, months, seasons, and years according to those verses above? Is it those who do what is right in God’s eyes or those who are off track? The Apostle Paul is asking them, how could they turn back to those things that keep them in bondage?

So we can honor our father and mother, but we should not celebrate the pagan holiday known as father’s day because our instructions tell us to stop calling anyone on Earth father. I say pagan holiday since those who do not hear God’s Word, do not belong to God and therefore; willingly go against the things of God (John 8:42-47). If God is our Father we would do the things of God.

Is Galatians chapter four not in every Bible or do we, like so many so-called spiritual people, only follow the parts of God’s Word that fit into our own way of life? Certainly that is proof of the unwillingness to “deny ourself” (Matthew 16:24-25, 10:39, John 12:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:15). Check the verses because this is the reason many good church going people have lost their way of life.

Isn’t it funny that some of the denominations that judge Catholics for calling their Earthly priest father, turn right around and violate Galatians 4:10 by celebrating an Earthly father’s day which in turn acknowledges their Earthly father? They even celebrate it right inside the house of worship, and they do many things such as this. Go figure. I’m telling you that we need to wake up here in the Bible-belt.

I see huge buildings full of people who believe that they are going to make it, but in the end they will be cast into outer darkness because they ignore the majority of the New Covenant that we are under (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30). Better check the verses! Yes, they got saved, but they did not obey the Gospel, and have no idea that there is even a part of the Gospel that they must obey (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, 1 Peter 4:17-19).

Check those verses and ask yourself if there is a part of the Gospel that we must obey or we will not make it? Then ask yourself if you know what it is? Think about this. You have been in church for how long and you cannot tell me what we need to obey? If you cannot answer that question, then know that before this moment, you were a candidate to end up in outer darkness. Yes, I am trying to reach you.

Now what should we ask? Some people don’t believe in asking God for anything. They say things like, “God is not our slot machine in the sky.” That sounds true, and seems right, but it is misleading at best.

The fact is that even though God knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:8), He still wants us to ask for everything we need, and He wants us to cast all of our cares on Him (Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 5:7).

The Bible says that “we do not have because we do not ask” (James 4:2). Therefore, we should pray and ask God for everything we need. Consequently, the person who doesn’t believe that we should ask God for anything has been deceived.

Wait, because there are conditions that we need to know. For example, if we do not believe God is able to do what He has promised, then we cannot receive what is promised (James 1:5-7). We need to know stuff like that because many good church attending people have not received the things they have been praying for, simply because they are not sure if God can provide or do what they are asking. All things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23).

Most promises come with conditions that must be met in order to receive what is promised. Take Matthew 6:33 as an example.

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

Here is a promise to receive all these things. All what things? If you would read Matthew 6:25-34, you would see that the things Jesus is talking about here are the things we worry about every single day; food, clothing, shelter, and the like.

The condition is to seek first two things; the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness. Both of these things are only explained or revealed in the New Testament (Luke 16:16, Romans 1:16-17). So if you are not seeking these things by learning the New Testament for yourself, then you will not qualify to receive what is promised. Consequently, you will be filled with the worries of this life.

Look around! Now you should be able to see why the church is full of people who live in constant anxiety. They have come to believe that it’s the devil or that more prayer is needed, but what they need is instructions in accordance with what is written.

You should be able to see by now that all the enemy needs to do is to have us believe something that is not true. That’s why it is so important to check for yourself. We need New Testament Word living  inside us, and then we will not be tricked into believing a man’s doctrine (Ephesians 4:13-14).

So, our part is to find a promise (2 Peter 1:3-4), believe it no matter what, fulfill any conditions, and then pray to our Father in Jesus’ name. Some might say that we still can’t use God as our big slot machine in the sky, and I will say again, what does the Bible say? Never  just listen and accept what sounds good and seems right, but always go by what the Bible says.

Is there a way that we can ask for anything, and does anything mean anything? Listen to the Words of Jesus and ask yourself if He lied in John 15:7?

John 15:7

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. NKJV

Do you believe Jesus? There are two conditions in that promise. You have to make Jesus’ Words abide in you and you have to abide in Jesus. People who don’t believe that you can ask what you desire, surely are not in the position to ask because they do not believe Jesus. Their words testify that they do not believe Jesus (Romans 10:6-8, John 6:60-69). Do not follow them or say “amen” to what they say (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

To abide is to remain. You can’t read the New Testament one or two times and have the Word of God abide in you. No, you’ve got to eat it all the time (Hebrews 5:14), and pass the tests described in the parable of the sower before the Word of the Kingdom will remain  in you (Matthew 13:18-22). This is why most preachers still preach out of the Old Testament.

How do you abide (remain) in Jesus? Write your answer down on a piece of paper before you continue, because most church attending people do not even know that we have to abide in Jesus. My friend, if you are one of them, you have certainly been deceived. Don’t take it from me, but read John 15:1-6 and learn the fate of those who do not abide in Jesus. We have to abide in Jesus.

You see I was tricked by a main stream denomination for many years until the Lord called me and revealed His Word to me. I did not learn these things from a man. Nor have I been to seminary, but I am an electrical worker who was just like everyone else sitting in a pew for years thinking I was Heaven bound, but I was going to hell.

Oh yeah, I said a sinner’s prayer, and was saved, but Jesus says that if we do not abide in Him we will be cut off, point, blank, period (John 15:1-6). All I heard preached was Jesus, but I never heard the doctrine of Jesus preached and so it is likewise today. Everyone says “Jesus”, but nobody preaches the doctrine of Jesus.

My friend, if you have heard the doctrine of Jesus, then tell me how do we abide in Jesus? Open your Bible and read it in John 15:10. What did Jesus command us to do? Read it in John 15:12-17, and John 13:34-35. Is that a part of the Ten Commandments? No. Read 2 Corinthians 3:1-12 to see why. Jesus’ commands can be found in 1 John 3:23 and they are “not” the Ten Commandments that came through Moses.

How to obey Jesus’ commands is described in 1 John 3:16-19. This is how we know that we belong to the truth (1 John 3:19). You go to church. Great! You got saved. Praise God, but the Bible describes how we can know that we belong to the truth, and just like who we should pray to, the instructions are very clear.

If you can read 1 John 3:14-20 and see yourself on the right side of those verses (doing what they say to do), then you belong to the truth and the love of God is in you. If not, then you have been deceived. Do something about it!

Now if you have questions about this, Lord willing, I will answer them in accordance with what is written. I don’t have a group of followers for you to join and I’m not asking for your money. I just don’t want people who think they are going to inherit the Kingdom of God, to end up in outer darkness or burning in hell.

You see “many” will seek to enter, but will not be able to, because just like me, they didn’t know the truth (Luke 13:22-28). Why isn’t the truth being preached today? 2 Timothy 4:3-4  and 1 Timothy 4:1-3 can answer that question.

I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If I may be of service to you, please contact me.