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


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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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Wrong question, right answer by Alan Ballou.


Thumb1Wrong question, right answer by Alan Ballou.

The question isn’t if God loves me, since God is love, and He loved the whole world enough to give His Son, our Lord Jesus, to die in our place. So yes God loves me and you. The question is not if Jesus died for my sins, since Jesus died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).

The question is if we can ignore God’s instructions in the New testament, our new agreement with the Lord, and still make it to Heaven? The answer is no! There is a way written in the Bible that we are to follow in order to stop sinning “after” being saved. Check the verses below before you speak against them.

1 Peter 4:1-5

1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.  5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

 2 Peter 1:10-11

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NKJV

Notice two things here. First of all, we can “cease from sin,” (verse 1 above), and “never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10 above). Number two, notice that afterwards we no longer live our lives according to the flesh (verses 2-3 above). We should all be learning this method (way, process) through learning our new agreement with the Lord. Why? Please allow me to answer that.

Check the verses below and ask yourself if you are living your life as if the following verses are a lie?

 1 John 3:8-10

8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. NIV

As you can see, Jesus didn’t die for us so that we could continue living like the world around us, but to destroy the devil’s work. The verses below should reveal that there is a way to stop sinning and a promise for those who do not take it.

 Hebrews 10:26-31

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”  NKJV

No one can stop sinning without following the instructions written in the New Testament, and our first order of business is to stop conforming to the world around us (Romans 12:1-2). If you remain a friend of this world after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, then surely you are headed in the wrong direction.

 James 4:4-5

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. NKJV

 1 John 2:15-16

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. NKJV

 Romans 8:5-8

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. NKJV

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:2

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18 ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”  7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. NKJV

I’m not saying that you are not saved right now, but go back and read Ephesians chapter two and Romans chapter ten (the verses used to lead you into being saved) and see what is promised. You were saved into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:12-14), but in the end Christ will weed out of His Kingdom all who continue in lawlessness (continue in sin); sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4).

 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. NKJV

 John 8:34-37

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. 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. NKJV

So, you may have the right answers to all of your questions, but make sure that you are asking the right questions. Can we ignore God’s instructions in the New Testament and still make it to Heaven? I’ve written a book about it called “How To Stop Sinning.” I’m Alan Ballou; a servant.

 

Can there be any condemnation for those who are in Christ? Better check!


Can there be any condemnation for those who are in Christ? Truth or Myth by Alan Ballou

You have heard the verse before. In fact, you can probably quote it by heart. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, right? Well, get your Bible out for a second and let’s take a look.

First of all, know that the newer Bibles leave out the last part of verse one. You will probably see a little “a” right before the verse ends, that you can reference to the bottom of the page (footnotes). There you will see the rest of that verse, which reads similar to the NKJV below.

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. NKJV

It makes a big difference when the latter part of that verse is missing, but let’s not go too fast. I’m not asking you to change Bibles right now, so stay with me.

I usually don’t ask people to change their version of the Bible when I am teaching. I try to read all of the Bibles so that I can see what view-point they have and what they are missing out on. That’s just so I will know how to help people if I have the opportunity to teach them.

So let’s assume that you use one of the newer Bibles that omits the latter half of Romans 8:1 for whatever reason. That’s okay because verse 4 is still in about 99% of the Bibles out there today, with the exception of the Message Bible, and maybe a few others. Read verse 4 below from some of the Bibles I use.

 Romans 8:4

4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. ESV

 Romans 8:4

4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. New Living Translation

 Romans 8:4

4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ASV

 Romans 8:4

4 in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Holman Christian Standard Bible

 Romans 8:4

4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. RSV

 Romans 8:4

4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. NASU

As you can see, in verse 4, we have that same condition that was in verse 1 above. We have to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. It’s in the same passage of scripture,  just 2 verses later. The righteous requirements of the Law, meaning the Laws of Moses, are only going to be met in those who walk according to the Spirit, and not in those who walk according to the flesh.

So, is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ? Is it just a matter of which Bible you read? Well, people can be “in Christ,” and still receive grace for walking in the flesh. However, in the end, all who continue to walk in the flesh will be weeded out of the Kingdom of Christ (Matthew 13:40-43), and then only the righteous will make it into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:20, 1 Peter 4:17-18). Verses below.

 Matthew 5:20

20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. NKJV

 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 Peter 4:17-18

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now  “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” NKJV

So, there is still condemnation in those who walk in the flesh and use grace as a license to sin. Therefore, even though verse one has been shortened in the newer Bibles it still stands as truth and can be proven in those same Bibles for now, but give it a little more time.

Someone might ask if we can receive grace all the way up until we enter the Kingdom of Heaven? We only gain access into grace through faith (Romans 5:2). Check it! If we do not continue in our faith, we will not remain in the condition we were in after first receiving grace (Colossians 1:21-23, Hebrews 10:36-39). The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). So, if we do not continue in our faith we will not make it.

If we continue in our faith, we will come to know Jesus in putting off our old self (Ephesians 4:20-24), and obeying His commands (1 John 2:3). Remember in Matthew 7:21-23; away from Me I never knew you! People who plan on making it to Heaven, make sure that they  know Jesus according to faith, which those verses explain. People who think that they know Jesus because they have accepted false doctrines, do not come to know Him in accordance with those verses. Test what I am telling you.

If we continue in our faith, we will also stop conforming to this world, and renew our minds with the truth (Romans 12:1-2), which will make a whole list of sins stop automatically (Romans 1:28-32, John 8:31-37). Check it! People who say Christian cannot stop sinning do not speak in line with the faith and are misleading millions of people. That’s understandable, since those who speak against the faith, fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

If we continue in our faith we will learn to suffer (Philippians 1:29), and in doing so we will cease from sin and live the rest of our lives here on Earth for the will of God (1 Peter 4:1-5). You probably think I pulled that out of a hat don’t you? You better check the verses to see who is telling the truth. I did not learn this from a man. Praise God!

There are things we can do to where we will “never fall” or “never stumble again” according to 2 Peter 1:10-11. There are other methods (process, ways) that go along side these, which I discuss in detail in my book “How To Stop Sinning,” but I think you get the picture. If we continue in our faith, we can’t help but stop sins that lead to death in the least, since they keep us out of the Kingdom (Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Ephesians 5:3-5).

Better check the verses to see if I speak according to what is written! Get this. If God has sent someone to speak, he will speak according to God’s Words (John 3:34, Jeremiah 23:22). When man calls someone to speak, they can say what they want.

You might want to get an older Bible like the New King James Version though if you are planning on studying. You don’t have to trash your Bible, but just make sure you have at least one older Bible to study with, since taking verses out of the Bible has been happening since before I was born. How do you know if you have a newer Bible? If your Bible does have Acts 8:37 in it, it’s new. That’s one of the verses that was taken out long ago.

Not only are verses being taken out, but verses like Romans 8:4 are not even recognizable in bibles like the Message Bible. The verses used for comparison in the store sound nice and look good, but if you know your Bible, then you know just how dangerous a book like the Message Bible is. It’s not the verses that the everyday Christian recognizes, but the ones that shatter the false doctrines that are widely preached today.

That is the reason why well-meaning people, who have been deceived, stop reading at Romans 8:1 when they declare that there is no condemnation for those who are “in Christ.”  If they would keep reading, they would see that same condition is still in there at verse 4.

When unsuspecting people continually hear that there is no condemnation, they live like they want to live. However, Jesus declared that a slave to sin does not abide (remain) in the house forever. He may be in the house (in Christ) because he got saved, but while there he is expected to crucify his sinful nature in order to remain (Galatians 5:24, John 8:34-36). Verses 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

 Galatians 5:24-25

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. NKJV

If we walk in the Spirit, we will not carry out our sinful nature desires (Galatians 5:16). That’s another process that I discuss in the book, “How To Stop Sinning.” We need to know about walking or living according to the Spirit. How do we walk in the Spirit? That same passage of scripture explains it.

Romans 8:4-8

4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. NKJV

That same passage of scripture goes into detail about living according to the Spirit. Notice that those who live (walk in some Bibles) according to the flesh are hostile (enmity) toward God (verse 7 above). They have a mind of death (verse 6 above), and they cannot please God (verse 8).

On the other hand, those who live according to the Spirit have life and peace (verse 6 above). Imagine how many good church attending people do not know that. How many Christians are on drugs used to calm their minds? Do they know these scriptures? No, and like I have said before, their conscience is screaming to repent (turn) and go in the other direction, but they do not know how, and no one is teaching this stuff. That’s shocking to me.

I know that verses like this would change health care in this country. How many people today believe that the Holy Spirit is living in them when the Spirit of God does not dwell in someone who is in the flesh (Romans 8:9 below). He could be “with” them according to John 14:17, but not “in” those who live according to the flesh.

 Romans 8:9

9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. NKJV

Imagine that. Just because of our mind-set we could miss out on healing power living on the inside of us. Imagine that. It’s even acceptable today to keep your mind on worldly things right inside the church. Sermons today even encourage worldliness. Go be just like the people of this world, but come back next week, is the implied message. No my friend. If you do not change your mind-set, you will not make the righteousness of faith.

I have nothing to gain from you, and those who know me will tell you that I do not preach to please people, or for the “like button.” I am here to help you. I don’t ask for money and you do not have to buy my book in order to receive my help. I serve for free (1 Peter 4:10).

I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If I can serve you, please contact me.

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Who cares what the devil is up to?


How To Stop Sinning by Alan BallouWho cares what the devil is up to? By Alan Ballou.

Most of us are very skeptical of a door to door salesman. Even if we take the time to listen to him, we will check and test every word he says. That in itself is funny because most of the time the only proof we have is given to us by the very person who is trying to convince us to buy something.

It’s only some time after the purchase that we realize that there was something hidden that would have changed our view if we only knew what it was.

Get this! God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and not because the devil is an adversary. Imagine that. The things we don’t know bring about our destruction.

Who cares what the devil is up to, but only those who do not have the Lord’s protection against the devil (2 Thessalonians 3:3)? Check the verses below.

 2 Thessalonians 3:1-4

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. NKJV

Can the Lord protect us from the devil? Yes He can, but who will the Lord protect (guard) from the devil according to those verses?

Were the Thessalonians doing what they were told, or do we have evidence that the Lord will protect anyone no matter how they live? Read it again because we need to “know the truth” so that we can follow it and receive what is promised. Guessing is not a good idea.

The people who declare God is going to “do it” according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, never mention that the Thessalonians were obedient. The same is true with those who promise everyone that “He who began a good work in us, will carry it on to the day of completion” in accordance with Philippians 1:6. They never mention that the Philippians were always obedient (Philippians 2:12-13, 1:5).

When we use a promise in the Bible, we need to make sure that we meet the conditions in which the promise was made. For example, if we were living the way God wants us to live, then the devil would not be able to touch us (1 John 5:18).

1 John 5:18

18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. NKJV

If we were in a position to where the devil could not even touch us, why would we worry about what he was up to? After knowing the truth, why wouldn’t we teach people to position their selves in order to be protected? We don’t want to stop sinning. That’s why.

Imagine teaching people all over the world, and especially in third world countries, how to be protected from the devil rather than building something that will be torn down. Even if they find a man-made cure for AIDS next week, what is going to stop the destruction promised by the same spiritual principle that made it (1 Corinthians 6:18)? It’s like we can’t see the forest for the trees.

Our problem is that we don’t want to live like God wants us to live. We don’t want to stop sinning. That’s evident because we don’t even want to hear the verses concerning sin in the church gathering. God’s position is that no living man should complain for the punishment of his sins (Lamentations 3:39).

Get this. The devil has to seek someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). All of his fiery darts can be quenched with our shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), assuming that we are living by faith. AIDS is no match for God, but we won’t teach His Word. We’ll send food and a Bible, but we don’t want to hear it ourselves. So how can we represent God to a dying world?

If we submit to God’s ways, and resist the devil, he will flee (James 4:7), point, blank, period. Therefore, our biggest problem is not the devil, but we don’t want to submit to God’s ways. We don’t want to deny our self.

We want to remain conformed to this world, but a friend of this world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). We don’t realize that we can’t sit at the Lord’s table and the table of demons without provoking the Lord’s jealousy (1 Corinthians 10:21-22).

Therefore, yes suffering is in our near future, assuming we are true sons. Anyone who can sin and not receive discipline here on earth is not a true son and will not make it in the end (Hebrews 12:8). The unrighteous store up wrath for the day of God’s wrath (Romans 2:5-11), but the people who are going to Heaven receive their due on earth (1 Peter 4:17).

1 Peter 4:17

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? NKJV

Therefore, be careful not to slander the devil, since it is not his fault. Christians have no reason to speak against the devil since it is our own sins that takes away our protection (1 John 5:18, above). Besides, some of the sickest people I know are always speaking against the devil saying that he is doing this or that, but they really don’t know. The Bible says to never slander the devil (Jude 1:8-9, 2 Peter 2:10-12)!

Whatever you don’t know about the Christian life, in accordance with what is written in the Bible, you have to take a guess concerning it. Guessing can easily lead you into doing things in opposition of what is written.

Think about this. Right now there are things that we don’t know that would change our life and future for the better if we would take the time to learn it. How can we react to what we don’t know? We can’t. All we can do is guess, and that is what the Christian life has become for millions of church attending people today here in the Bible-belt.

Eve was deceived in the same way. The serpent said, “did God really say…?” In cases like that, if you do not know what God really said in His Word, then you are a candidate for deception which means you are also in line to experience destruction.

The devil has to seek someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). What have you done this week to make sure that you remain under the Lord’s protection? Singing in the choir doesn’t count, since singing in the choir doesn’t lead to obedience. You’ve got to make the Word of God live on the inside of you.

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Free from what? Free from sin (John 8:31-39, Romans 1:28-32). People with a sin problem need to know the truth, point, blank, period. Give them food, or whatever else you desire, but if you want to help them with sin, you are going to have to teach them the truth.

Why do I warn you about these things? Because God’s Word tells me to warn you. My instructions are to warn “every man,” striving to present every man perfect in Christ (Colossians 2:28-29, 3:16). My instructions say to see to it that no one misses the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15).

The Apostle Paul warned the Ephesians for three years straight (Acts 20:31), and all throughout the New Testament people are warned over and over again. Would a life guard watch a man drown and tell him it’s going to be okay at the same time? Even if the drowning man tells the life guard to leave him alone, would the life guard not reason with the man to try to save his life?

James 5:19-20

19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. NKJV

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul. Praise God hallelujah! The Lord has put me in the soul saving business. I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If you have a question or concerns please reply below.

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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.