A Reader's Beliefs and Questions
Beliefs and Questions from a Reader
God led me with a miracle to
believe in Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1989 after I prayed. I began
studying the Bible and church doctrines, but by 1995 I discerned that
all the "religious establishment" churches
are apostate, deeply ignorant, and involved in all kinds of false
activities. So I settled on self-baptism.
Since 1995, I've visited many
supposedly independent churches and ministers, mainly around
Pittsburgh. I've also considered thousands of others on TV, radio, shortwave, and the
Internet, but have contacted only a minority that seemed possibly genuine (less
than 5%). These also have all turned out to be apostate.
only tell which (if any) of my beliefs you disagree with, and exactly why:
Biblical deliverance of Christians concerns liberation from external,
not internal, circumstances (read my Bible Reviews #1 and #2 [follow
A generational curse originates with God, and can never consist of sin,
a "spirit of rebellion," or originate with Satan, demons, or witches, who also
never have any ability to block prayers to God, or issue any valid
"prophecies" or "predictions," but only lies and threats
which need to be prayerfully resisted, not "reversed" (Eph 6:11; Ja
4:7; 1Pe 5:8-9).
Demons or "evil spirits" can not indwell true Christians, or be the
"root" of true medical diseases of the body (1Co 3:9,16-17; 6:19; 2Co
6:14-16; Eph 2:19-22; 1Pe 2:5). See also the Bible citations in 4).
Pentecostalism and Pentecostal/Charismatic churches are founded upon
false beliefs about and manifestations of the Holy Spirit ("speaking in
tongues" as primary evidence of Holy Spirit baptism; fixating on
the Spirit "inside" of you [the Spirit is already within all true
Christians: Ro 8:9b; 1Co 12:3; 2Co 1:21-22; Eph 1:13-14]; calling upon,
to, worshiping, and being "controlled" by the Spirit; so-called
"slain" or "drunk in the Spirit" behavior [falling to the
floor, convulsive spasms, etc.]; materializations [feathers, gold,
vegetable oil, blood, etc.]).
Christians are not exempt from all problems, illnesses, pain,
curses, persecution, suffering, sorrows, negative or unpleasant
adversity, tragedies, etc.; and these are not necessarily sins, Satanic
misconceptions, and/or demonic indwellings, nor are they "blessings."
All Christians are still personally responsible and accountable to God
dutifully, conscientiously, and faithfully obeying the moral Law (read
Review #3 [follows below]).
It's foolish and sinful to divide Biblical truths into "essentials"
and "nonessentials" ("minors," "secondary
issues"), since all are essential. False teachings and ideas create
disunity or false unity, and must not be "tolerated,"
"appreciated," or argued over, but rather discerned, criticized, and
rejected (Mt 5:18-22; 15:19b-20a; Jn 10:35b; Ac 2:42*; 17:29-30; Ro
14:2,5,10,13-14]; 1Co 1:10; Eph 4:25; 5:11-14; Phs 2:1-2b*; Col 1:28;
1Ti 4:13-16; 6:3-7; 2Ti 2:15,23-26; 3:16-17; 4:2-5; 2Pe 3:14-18; 1Jn
Discernment of others and excluding them from fellowship is not evil,
hate, toxic, wrong, poison, destructive, joylessness,
unresolved anger, or an offense to God; or equivalent to gossiping
abusing, blaming, or condemning them; or having grudges, woundedness, a
hardened heart, or a root of bitterness; or being paranoid, prideful,
resentful, faultfinding, judgmental, unforgiving, unmerciful, unloving,
divisive; or living in the past, covering your sins, losing your peace,
producing bad fruit, putting yourself in bondage, or closing a door to
Unrepentant Christians should not be forgiven (Mt 18:15-17; Lk 17:3-4;
5:9-11; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 10-11). Presumed, pretended, or imagined
on anyone's behalf is inadequate and has no validity.
There is no "purgatory."
There is no "past lives" or reincarnation.
It's impossible to save the dead who rejected Christ, change past
travel back in time, or communicate with the past or future (Mt
24:21; Mk 13:19; Lk 10:10-15; Heb 9:27-28a). See also 13) and 14).
Hell is an eternal, material reality for those rejecting Jesus (Mt
8:11-12 [cf. Mt 22:13; 2Pe 2:17*; Jd 13]; 18:8; 23:33; 25:41,46; Mk
9:43-44*-45*-48; Lk 3:17* [cf. Mt 3:12]; 12:4-5; 13:23-29; 16:22-28;
6:9-10; 2Pe 2:4; Jd 7; Rv 14:9-11; 20:10,14-15). Heaven, angels, and
also eternal, material realities. Angels and demons can have a physical
appearance and influence on earth (Mt 8:30-32; 12:43-45; 28:1-8; Mk
1:11-19,26-38; 2:9-15; 8:2b,32-33; 11:42-26; Jn 5:4*; Ac 5:19; 10:3-7
11:13]; 12:7-10; 19:13-16*-17; Rv 22:8-9).
A Christian can willfully forsake salvation (Ro 11:22; 1Co 15:1-2* [cf.
3:11-15]; Col 1:21-23; 1Ti 3:2-6; Heb 6:4-6*-8* [cf. Ac 2:38; 26:20];
2Pe 2:15,20-22; Jd 20-21).
Those who reject Christ are not God's children, and not brothers and
Although Jesus is united with God the Father as part of the divine
3:16-17; 28:19; Mk 1:10-11; Jn 1:1-3,14 [cf. Ge 1:26a];
15:26; 16:7-16; Ac 2:32-33,36,38-39; 5:30-32; 10:36-48; 1Co 12:3-6; 2Co
1Jn 5:1-7), and therefore is "equal" in some ways with Him (Isa 9:6b;
44:6; 48:12 [cf. Ge 35:10-12; Rv 22:13]; Jn 5:18,23; 14:9; Heb 1:3a),
emphasizes he is not "coequal" with Him, but rather is always
subordinate in terms of status, sovereignty, power, initiative,
privilege, and praise (Mt 6:6-13b*; 11:25; 20:21-23; 24:36*; 26:39; Mk
Jn 2:16; 3:16; 5:19; 6:27,37-40,57; 7:16; 8:54; 10:32; 11:41-42;
14:2*,10,16,24,26,28; 17:1-4,6-9,11-12,15,21-26; Ac 3:18,20-22,25-26;
13:16-23,26,32-35; Ro 1:8-10; 2Co 1:3-4; Gal 4:4; Eph 1:17-22;
3:2-3,7,9*-11,14b*; 5:20; 1Ti 2:3-5; 6:13,15-17; Heb 1:6; 2:7-10;
7:23-25; 8:1; 1Jn 4:7-16; Rv 3:21).
Prayers should not be made to Jesus, or anyone or anything else, but
God in Jesus' name (Mt 6:6-13; Lk 11:1-4; Jn 16:22-28; Ac 4:24-30;
Ro 10:1-2; 15:30-33; Col 1:9-14; Phm 4-5; 1Jn 3:21-23). Certain pleas
made directly to Jesus if he appears in a vision, however (Ac 7:55-60;
Predestination, determinism, fatalism, fatalistic providence,
Calvinism, total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement,
irresistible (sovereign) grace, "perseverance" (eternal security),
foreordination, foreknowledge, omniscience, and Arminianism are all
condemnatory doctrines as far as election is concerned. These doctrines
misinterpret, overgeneralize, or take out of context a minority of
mean that everyone's salvation or damnation was "set in stone"
beforehand, which is the only way it could have either been foreknown
predestined. Nobody is predestined for damnation. Even the most crucial
these passages are actually inconclusive (Ge 25:23; 27:39-40;
Ex 4:21; 7:2-4; 9:12,16*; 10:1,20,27; 11:3,9-10; 14:3-4a,8,17; 33:19b;
23:19; Dt 2:30a; 30:1-3,6,20b*; Josh 11:18-20; 1Sm 15:29; 16:1b; 1Kg
12:15; 19:18; 2Kg 8:12-13 [cf. 10:32; 13:3,22]; 19:25; 1Ch 28:9a*; 2Ch
25:20; Job 14:5-6; 23:10,13-14; 33:29; 36:7; Ps 22:9-10; 33:11-15;
40:5; 49:13-14; 51:5*; 57:2*; 58:3; 65:4*; 138:8*; 139:4,15-16; 147:5;
16:1*,4,9; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1; Ecc 1:9-10; 3:1-15; 7:13-14; Isa
19:22; 22:11; 25:1; 37:26; 44:2b; 45:7,11-12; 46:9-11; 48:4-5; 49:1;
1:4-5; 7:27; 10:23; 15:2; 19:9 [cf. Lv 26:27-29; Eze 5:9-10]; 29:11;
43:11; La 2:17; Eze 14:9; Da 4:34-35; 5:25-26; 11:36; Jnah 2:9b*; Hg
4:6; 13:8-9; Mt 1:21; 10:29b* [cf. Lk 12:6b]; 11:27; 22:14; 25:34; Mk
2:14*; 10:22; 19:5-10; Jn 1:12-13; 3:3*,5-7*-8; 5:21; 6:39,44 [see also
17:12b], 63-65; 8:36; 10:8; 11:52; 12:37-40; 15:5,16a,19; 17:2,6,9,20*;
Ac 2:39,47b; 3:17-18; 4:24-28; 5:31b; 10:40-41a; 11:18b; 13:22,48;
16:14b; 17:26; 22:14,18; 28:28b; Ro 1:7,16*; 8:7*,28-30,33,35-39;
11:2a,4-8,28-29 [cf. 12:6], 32,36a; 16:13a; 1Co 1:1,8,21-30; 2:7;
1:1; 3:3a,5; 5:5*; 5:14; Gal 1:15a-16a; Eph 1:4-11; 2:1-10; 3:10-11;
1:6,28b-29; 2:13; Col 1:1,12,16-17; 1Th 1:4-5†; 3:2-3; 2Th
2:11-13; 1Ti 1:16;
2Ti 1:1,8-10; 2:10 [cf. 2:5], 25; Ttus 1:1-2; 3:5; Heb 1:14; 4:3;
10:9-10; 12:2a; Ja 1:17-18a; 1Pe 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 2Pe 1:3-4; 1Jn 3:20;
1,13; Jd 4*; Rv 13:8*,10; 17:8b; 21:6a). An overwhelming majority of
passages refutes these doctrines (Ge 6:5-7; 22:12b; Ex 4:10-17,24-26a;
9:16*,34; 10:1-2a*; 13:3-5,11 [cf. Nu 14:21-32; 20:12], 17; 19:5;
26:3-45; Nu 14:10-20; 22:32-33; 35:26-28*; Dt 1:19-2:1; 2:30b [cf.
5:29; 8:2; 9:13-29 [cf. 10:10]; 11:13-17,22-23,26-28; 28:1-68;
32:20,26-27; Jdg 2:20-3:4; 1Sm 2:30-33; 12:14-15; 13:13;
12:8; 1Kg 3:14 [cf. 3:7; 11:6,42]; 19:18; 20:42; 2Kg 13:18-19;
20:1-7; 1Ch 21:15; 28:9a*; 2Ch 25:14-16; 32:31; 36:15-19; Ne 9:29-31;
4:12-16; Ps 32:8-9; 69:22*; 78:39a; 81:8,10-16; 106:23,32-45; Pr
3:1-2a; 6:20-21; 7:1-3; 9:10-11; 16:1*; 19:3a; Ecc 9:11b; Isa 1:19-20;
26:10; 28:16b; 30:15; 38:1-5; 42:24-25; 45:22; 48:18-19; 49:6b; 65:2;
2:30a; 3:6-7,18-20; 4:1-4; 6:8,16-19; 7:3-7,13-15,23-26,31; 11:7-8;
15:6-7; 17:21-27; 18:1-12; 19:5; 22:4-5; 23:21-22; 26:2-6,12-19;
36:3; 48:10; Eze 2:3,7; 11:19-21; 13:19; 18:23,31-32; 22:30; 24:13;
Hsa 11:2a*; Jo 2:13-14,31-32; Am 4:6-5:15; 7:1-6; Jnah 4:2b; Zph 3:7;
7:11-13; Mt 5:19; 10:28b,32-42; 11:15-23,28-29 [cf. 11:7]; 12:31;
16:24-26; 18:4-6,12-14; 19:29; 22:9,14; 23:23,37; 25:27; 26:39;
2:17; 3:28-29; 4:23; 6:12; 8:34-38; 9:41-42; 10:15,29-30; 11:23; Lk
9:23-26,48-50; 10:13; 11:42 [see also Mt 12:41-42; Lk 11:31-32];
13:3,5,34; 14:25-35; 17:1-3a*; 22:41-42; 24:46-47; Jn 1:6-7,11-12,29;
3:15-21,36; 4:14,42; 5:23-24,46-47; 6:35-37,40,51,54,56; 7:17,37-38;
10:9; 11:25-26; 12:25-26,32,44-47; 13:20; 14:12; 17:20*-21; 20:23,31;
2:20-21,38-40,47b; 3:19a,22-23; 7:51; 10:34-35,43; 11:18 [cf. 11:1,17];
13:46-47; 17:27; 18:6; 26:20,29; 27:21 [cf. 27:10-11]; 28:28a; Ro
2:4b-5; 3:22-24; 5:18; 6:10; 9:11a [see also Dt 1:39; Isa 7:16];
11:5-12,15,19-22,32; 1Co 7:37; 9:27; 15:1-2* [cf. 3:11-15]; 2Co 5:19a;
7:11b; Gal 1:15a-16a; Eph 1:14*; 3:8-12; 5:17; Phs 2:12b; Col 1:21-23;
1Th 4:3-4*-8; 1Ti 1:15; 2:1-6; 3:2-6; 4:10; 2Ti 2:20-21,25; Ttus
2:17b; 3:8,12-19; 5:3,9b; 6:4-6*-8*; 7:27; 9:12,26,28;
12:15-17a*; 13:12b; Ja 1:13-14; 1Pe 3:18; 2Pe 2:15,20-22; 3:5-9*-10;
2:2,5,24; 4:14-15; Jd 20-21; Rv 2:5,16,22; 3:3,20-22; 14:9-11; 22:17).
All Biblical gifts of the Spirit are still in effect, and none has ever
None of God's promises to Israel was ever revoked or transferred to
Jesus' mother Mary did not remain a virgin (read my Bible Review #4
below]). Therefore, it's sinful to refer to her as "the Virgin Mary,"
and she shouldn't be worshiped as officially endorsed by Roman
The Christian faith does not allow pastors to be women (Eph 5:22-28;
1Ti 2:11-3:13; Ttus 1:5-9; 1Pe 3:1-7), children, or gay. It also
titles "Reverend" and "Father"; posts of "pope,"
"lay pastor," "worship pastor," or "worship
leader"; and gay marriage, sexual relations, and acceptance of such in
Earthquakes, storms, and natural disasters are God's work not Satan's
Ex 9-12:30; Nu 16:28-33; Josh 10:11; Job 1:16; 36:27-37:18; Ps 11:6;
38:18-20; Hsa 13:15; Jnah 1:1-16; Mt 27:51-54; Ac 16:25-26).
Premillennialism and a pre-Trib Rapture are the only correct
(read my Bible Review #5 [follows below]).
The new covenant doesn't forbid unclean foods (Mk 7:18-19; Ac 10:9-16;
14:2-3; 1Co 8:8; Col 2:16), or alcoholic drinks.
It's sinful to pronounce unsubstantiated deliverance, healing, or
blessings or benedictions of conferral/bestowal/impartation upon people
Abrahamic, Aaronic/Levitical [cf Nu 6:22-27; Dt 10:8; 21:5; 1Ch 23:13],
father's/parental, generational, "prophetic" [beatitude], favor/grace),
or to assess anyone's faith or spirituality by how much affinity pets
animals show towards him or her, or to pronounce deliverance,
healing, or purported blessings or benedictions of
conferral/bestowal/impartation upon pets or animals (cf. Dt 7:12-15).
Existing Bibles and ancient manuscripts have discrepancies and
(e.g., Ex 13:18*; 15:4* ["Red Sea" should be "Sea of
Reeds"]; Mt 17:21*; Mk 16:9-20† [handling snakes, drinking
Apocryphal books, gnostic gospels, the Book of Mormon, etc. are
incompatible with the Christian faith.
Polygamy isn't sinful per se, but isn't God's ideal, and tends to
like hoarding wealth. The Bible discourages polygamy (Dt 17:16-17; Mt
Ro 7:3; 1Co 7:2,29-40; Eph 5:31-33; 1Ti 3:2; Ttus 1:6).
Sexual infidelity or desertion by the other spouse gives a Christian
spiritual right to divorce and find another mate (Dt 24:1; Mt 5:32;
7:15,39 [cf. Ro 7:1-3]).
There is nothing misleading or wrong with using the term "Christians"
for believers in Jesus.
Christianity is not a religion of pacifism (Lk 22:36-38; Ac 10:1-8; Ro
The Christian faith does not hinge on the creationist interpretation of
1-11, which might be a poetic mix of fact and metaphorical lore.
facts and evidence pose insurmountable problems for creation science
enthusiasts, who tend to be preoccupied with and overstate unclear bits
evidence as if they were revelations which irrefutably prove
have no adequate explanations for: a) how neither saltwater nor
animals went extinct in a global Flood, as thoroughly mixed water seems
indicated by widespread fossils of ocean animals far inland, and high
Alps, Andes, Rockies, etc.; b) why none of the 200 species of
managed to leave any offspring to inhabit any part of Asia, Africa, or
along any presumed return route from the mountains of Ararat to
apparent fossils of the primitive-looking, seemingly transitional
Archaeopteryx (7+ specimens), "Microraptor" (30+ specimens),
"Ida," and hominid skulls of "Taung," "WT 15000,"
"AL 333," "Flores Hobbit," "Selam," and
Astrology, and communication or other interaction with the dead are
you don't disagree about
Biblical deliverance of Christians, then would you agree to
for my deliverance and healing? Also, what are your other past and
affiliations, communion, and participation with churches,
fellowships, religious and parachurch groups, organizations,
ministerial associations, conferences, councils, fraternal societies,
"leaders," ministers, evangelists, prophets, advocates, speakers,
"mystics," ecumenical worship or prayer events, etc.?
Review #1: Rediscovering
churches are claiming that all
problems, illnesses, pain, generational curses, persecution, suffering,
unpleasant emotions, adversity, tragedies, etc. are actually sins,
psychosomatic illnesses, lies from Satan, misconceptions, and/or
indwellings, which are rooted in spiritual disobedience, emotional
"disorders," a rebellious mindset, and/or a deficient relationship
with God. They view deliverance and healing as "promotions,"
"advancements," or "paychecks" (cf. Mt 6:2-4*; 16:27;
18:1-4; 20:25-28; 23:6-12; Mk 9:33-37; 10:42-45; Lk 9:46-48; 22:24-27;
2:6-7; 1Co 3:13-14; Eph 3:8; Col 3:23-24; Rv 22:12) earned by
laundry list of required works, particular systematic procedures,
plans, protocols, checklists, processes, supposedly rediscovered Bible
interpretations, "revelations," willpower, etc. These amount to
and trusting in men instead of God, and practically all are
contrary to the Bible, including:
focus on having perfect, or enough enjoyable and "positive"
consciousness, attitudes, thoughts, possibilities, memories, desires,
moods, perceptions, impressions, opinions, sensations, and emotions
delight, upbeat, happy, glad, joy, cheerful, jovial, elated,
laughter, merry, celebratory, glee, exuberant, wonderful, marvelous,
hilarity, ecstatic, exhilarated, euphoric, perky, chipper, excited,
eager, enthusiastic, passionate, fervent, boisterous, comfortable,
peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil, blissful, satisfied, content,
easygo-, fun lov-ing. mellow, effortless, uninhibit-, unconcern-,
nonjudgmental, un-critical, -discern-, accept-ing. flexible, recept-,
submiss-ive. acquiescent, nonresistance, conform-, belong-ing. united,
communal, ecumenical, equal-, commun-ity. camaraderie, brotherly,
friendly, peaceful, pacifist, sociable, sweet, nice, cordial,
gregarious, accept-, respect-, approv-, honor-, recogniz-ed. special,
important, worthy, brilliant, bless-, talent-, lov-, favor-, privileg-,
anoint-ed; grateful, spiritual, glorious, beautiful, charm-, illumin-,
entranc-ed. divine, healthy, whole, vibrant, lively, energized,
vivacious, effervescent, capable, empowered, busy, successful, winning,
prosperous, thriving, purposeful, engrossed, fulfilled, confident,
anticipation, expectant, fearless, courage, valor, strong, mighty,
invulnerable, invincible, dominant, masterful, authoritative, royal,
kingly, queenly, reigning, supreme, victorious, triumphant,
"Jesus-focused," etc.); while simultaneously focusing on suppressing,
stifling, erasing, and eradicating all unpleasant, "negative," subtly
imperfect, vague, or low-key ones, which are supposedly induced by,
by, agreements with, or indwellings of Satan or demons; sinful and
inappropriate "garbage," the hidden cause of all your problems,
barriers that overwhelm, oppress, dominate, damage, deprive, and
and prevent or block all miracles, deliverance, healing, mercy, love,
forgiveness, grace, growth, and victory (lack of joy, unhappy, upset,
loss, sad, grief, sorrow, mourning, despair, angry, sour, bitter,
embarrassed, shame, guilt, regret, repentant, contrite, stress,
nervous, tense, worry, fear, endangered, suffering, distress, misery,
anguish, unhealthy, fatigue, weak, frail, humble, mild, meek, timid,
striving, difficulty, temptation, sin, error, problems, evil, Law,
rules, self-focused, -hatred, -pity, -denial, -aware. struggles,
frustrated, exasperated, patient, endurance, circumspect, astute,
reluctant, reserved, concern, skeptical, suspicious, leery, distrust,
reservations, misgivings, caution, wary, vigilant, uncertainty, doubt,
inquiring, introspective, serious, analytical, precise, accurate,
alarmed, dis-may, -appointed, -pleased, -like, -agreement. detest,
annoyed, offended, indignant, lament, complaint, objection, correct-,
uncompromis-, unbend-ing. dissent, opposed, inferiority, unworthy,
pessimistic, hope-, help-less. empty, lonely, unwanted, isolation,
ostracized, hated, persecuted, "rejected," "emotional
cease from all self-effort to be righteous or think about or deal with
problems, needs, pain, or sins so as to make it possible to get right
give Him "total control," make the decision to just go out and do
evangelism and charity work, and focus only on: faith, love, grace,
deliverance, volunteering, living by the Spirit, beholding the cross,
enough love, donning a praise garment, serving other people enough,
your heart be renewed, being dependable and altruistic, Jesus'
your spirit's righteousness in Christ, declaring "Jesus is my
righteousness," smiling and having a pleasant demeanor, brightening
everyone's day while overlooking sins and false teachings;
"blessing," encouraging, and cheering everyone up; discovering your
spiritual gifts, "destiny," and God's plan for your intended life
accomplishments; and meeting in fellowship and doing enough gestural
"praise and worship" (taking communion, rejoicing, celebrating,
laughing, shouting, singing, dancing, clapping, listening to
"anointed" music of "supernatural frequency," thanking God,
"praising Jesus," "speaking in tongues," etc.)
focus on removing, "laying aside," and receiving counseling for your
presumed bad attitudes, mindset, habits, selfishness, hangups,
compulsions, troubled heart, dwelling on your past, fear of deliverance
healing, etc.), "negativity," "perfectionism,"
"controlling," "being controlled," "depression,"
"addictions," "besetting sins," "codependence,"
bondage, strongholds, enslavement, blockages, roadblocks, baggage,
limit[ation]s, weights, chains, prison walls, captivity, barriers,
"boundaries," and "borders"
release your "critical spirit"; bind or cast down your "spirit
of heaviness," "evil spirits" and/or demons, or allow them to be
exorcised; and break your presumed "yokes," detrimental "soul
ties," and generational curses put on you by Satan, demons, or witches
pronounce or "release" blessings, and realize you were grafted into
Israel's blessings (Ge 12:1-3; 49:28; Ro 11:17-18)
accept that the churches have improved upon the Bible to figure out a
more effective, "do-for-yourself" way of deliverance and healing,
which teaches that the only real problem is needing to realize,
become aware that as Christians they should already have enough
and be thanking God that He and Jesus love them enough already and
any persuading; and that no deliverance, healing, prayer, provision,
answers, solutions, blessings, favor, or help of any kind at all is
actually needed; since "by his stripes," "it is finished,"
etc., God has already redeemed them, and faithfully done everything for
and fully given, entitled, granted, supplied, equipped, promised,
provisioned, bequeathed, and made it all freely available to them by
grace as a
"title [purchased] deed," and as their birthright deposited both in
their spirits and in "heaven's supply house"; and enabled them to
enact stop living under the Law, start living under grace and the
"stand on the Word," "take refuge in Jesus blood," and use
their inner faith, ability, power, and authority to "draw it out from
within their spirit," and thereby own, take, reap, allow, seize,
initiate, decide, accept, access, choose, release, declare, receive,
possess, overcome, appropriate, sow and reap, step or tap into, take
of, or consent, submit, respond positively, or say "yes and amen to"
it for themselves; otherwise it will "never" manifest externally, and
they shouldn't pray for it since God doesn't want them to have it
assume that belief is totally separate from faith and therefore
not reduce faith; admit you have a "problem" with doubt, unbelief, or
both, and that all your problems are your own fault; solve things
doing enough speaking, claiming, confessing, affirming, repeating,
declaring, commanding, decreeing, cursing evil, and "planting seed"
with "certainty" that Jesus is your righteousness and holiness, that
loves you, that your deliverance and healing are guaranteed, and
(ignoring pain, discarding medication, etc.)
be still, wait, sit with Jesus, "let go and let God," and rest at
ease in God's grace
receive remedial instruction in Christian basics; know that God has
forgiven you; refuse to continue listening to and believing Satan's
deceptions that you have any problem or illness, and correct all your
delusional beliefs to this effect; change your perceptions; and correct
improve your supposedly faulty self-image and "image of God" (cf. Dt
4:15-18; 1Ti 6:16)
open up your eyes to reach whole new understandings and realizations,
your consciousness, obtain new "revelations" ("downloads");
and learn who you "really" are in Christ, how to "hear God's
voice," and interpret dreams and visions
be "spiritual" enough, "put your spirit in charge," and
"bypass your mind"
refuse to continue to "let" or "permit" anyone or anything
hold you back from being delivered or healed
"let go" of your past and refuse to "blame" anyone for
"forgive" everyone for everything; and trust, "have faith
in," join in "spiritual unity" with, and participate in
fellowship activities with everyone
overcome your presumed "spiritual abuse," "spiritual
damage," and "spiritual defeat" by "spiritual ('inner')
healing," "spiritual resurrection," etc.
practice the "laws" of tithing and sowing enough "seed
faith" (money), "obey" requests for "love gifts" and
"first fruits" (more money) and "investments" (money
again), learn the "anointed" teachings and "secrets" of
abundant life and prosperity, train for a "wealth transfer," and
constantly nurture your expectation to "receive"
command and rebuke Satan
"be blessed," "live healed," "live delivered,"
"forget your cares," "operate in grace," "maintain the
correct balance of faith and grace," "call upon God's mercy,"
"use God's faith which is already in you," "realize you are more
than a conqueror," "return to Jesus," "release Jesus,"
"expose yourself to Jesus," "keep repeating, 'I am the
righteousness of God in Christ,'" "feed on God's love,"
"align with God's will," "use your access to God,"
"just plug into God's power," "open your hands to receive,"
"set your mind to it," "get into God's presence,"
"touch the anointing," "step out and walk in freedom, peace, and
victory under an open heaven," "take dominion," "enter the
glory cloud," "live near God," "move into God's
mansion," "remind God of His promises," "attract angels,"
"release angels," "use your legal right to ascend into heaven to
slay your oppressing dragons with swords and retrieve your blessings,"
"change your spiritual DNA," "win the key back from Satan,"
"travel back in time to undo and escape your circumstances,"
"see yourself as victor, delivered, healed," etc.
speak and pray in the "more spiritual" language of Hebrew; observe
old covenant ceremonial laws for keeping kosher, Sabbaths, holidays,
mezuzahs, wearing talliths and tefillin (prayer shawls and
establish communal, working relationships and partnerships with angels
Jesus in person
"get yourself back on track," "focus on what's really
important," "press in," "move forward," and "move
to the next level"
make up for all your foolish choices and bad decisions
make promises and "covenants" with God and churches, become
"God's friend," and develop a fiery, passionate intimacy with Him
"submit" to church and pastoral "authority," and bow,
prostrate, or kneel before altars, or go to or build them
fasts, "mandatory daily Bible reading and oral prayer recitations,"
"devotionals," referrals to get "help" from deliverance
specialists, exorcists, mentors, "life coaches,"
"resources," self-help publications, seminars, classes, 12-step
programs, "workshops," "healing rooms," etc.
fixate on letting the Spirit "inside" of you (the Spirit is already
within all true Christians: Ro 8:9b; 1Co 12:3; 2Co 1:21-22; Eph
upon, pray to, and worship the Spirit; be "controlled" by,
"slain," or "drunk" in the Spirit, attain "spiritual
empowerment"; and receive "impartations"
call this "doing
deliverance" or "deliverance ministry," but Christians in the
New Testament never practiced or advocated such rigmarole, and only
minister the word of God, the new covenant, and the Spirit. 1
12:1-31 shows that deliverance is not one of the spiritual gifts,
administrations, or operations. Moreover, any spiritual, physical,
mental "disorders" that are sinful actually require repentance, not
deliverance. The reason is that deliverance from sinfulness is already
available through choosing not to sin (1Co 10:13). In other words,
Christians do not need deliverance, but repentance. Their true bondage
actually sinning (despite misinterpretations of Ps 10:2-6; Isa
Jer 12:1-2; etc.), but the churches are coming up with every
conceivable way to
not realistically address and deal with sinning (breaking God's Law).
to sinning is always a free will choice. Any problems or illnesses that
after repenting of sins can no longer be claimed to be rooted in past
will not remove the sinful nature until Christ's return (1Co 15:42-50).
to popular false teachings
that misinterpret certain passages (Ps 16:11; Ro 5:2-5; 1Th 5:16*-18),
and the apostles never criticized or admonished people for merely
thoughts or feelings, but only for sinful ones. They also did not make
stipulations against having or expressing merely unpleasant thoughts or
feelings, or teach people to focus and work on always being happy or
about everything. They did not teach or imply that nobody ever has a
focus on or experience any unpleasant, imperfect, or negative
attitude, thought, possibility, memory, desire, feeling, mood,
impression, opinion, sensation, or emotion. In fact, these typically
sinful, "toxic," inappropriate, or backward-facing, but instead are
actually virtuous, and just a normal part of Christian life and
some cases, they are even required when addressing or dealing with
persecution, or unrepentance. They can not be eradicated at will, and
barriers to obtaining God's miracles, deliverance, healing, love,
grace, or victory (Mt 5:3-4,22a*; 10:35-38; 14:26-31; 16:11-12,24;
Mk 3:5; 4:40-41; 8:34; 9:24; Lk 1:28-30; 6:21; 7:6-10; 9:23; 14:26-27;
Jn 6:19-21; 11:33-44; 20:19; Ac 10:3-4; 12:9-12; 16:17-18; 17:16*;
11:20-22; 12:9,15; 1Co 2:3,15; 3:11-15; 5:11-13; 15:1-2*; 2Co 1:8-11;
2:4,13-14; 4:8; 6:4-10,14-17; 7:5-8,11; 11:28-29; 12:8-10; Gal 4:20;
4:26; 5:11-17; Phs 2:12-13,25-27; 3:8; 1Ti 1:15; 3:2-6; 5:20; 6:20-21;
4:1-8; Ttus 3:10-11; Heb 10:26-29; 12:1,4-13; Ja 1:19; 3:1-2a; 4:4,8-9;
1Pe 1:3-6; 2Pe 2:7*-9,15,20-22; 1Jn 1:8-2:1; 3:18-20*; 2Jn 10-11; Rv
[cf. 1Sm 1:2,6-27; Ps 4:4*; 6:6-9; 31:21-22; 56:3; 61:2; 116:3-4; Pr
16:32; 25:12; 28:23; 29:11*; Jer 17:9*]).
example, Peter's doubt and
uncertainty about being rescued by an angel (Ac 12:9-12) did not block
happening. His doubt spontaneously resolved afterwards, which usually
when it is caused by an unpleasant emotion or perception, but requires
and facts in case of mistaken beliefs or confusion (Jn 20:24-27; Ac
17:23; Gal 4:20), or repentance in case of rebellious unbelief (Ro
do have an ability to
willfully resist, influence, or generate thoughts, feelings, or
conditions, which are either sinful or virtuous (Mt 5:22*; Jn 16:33; Ro
12:9-12; 13:14; 1Co 13:4-5; Eph 4:32; Phs 2:17-18; 4:4-6; 1Th 5:16; 1Ti
2Ti 2:22; Ja 1:19-20; 1Pe 4:12-13). However, in the aforementioned case
Peter, as well as the cases of mistaken beliefs or confusion, this
not any issue at all. Their thoughts and feelings were unpleasant, but
sinful. Therefore, what is actually needed is not to try to control or
the unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but rather to recover from them,
with their root cause (persecution, mistreatment, generational curses,
diet, poverty, mistaken beliefs, stress, surprise, sleepiness,
pain, illness, prescription drugs, injury, concussion, trauma, etc.).
is not humanly possible, then supernatural healing or deliverance is
is no necessary cause-effect
relationship, "root," "being controlled," or other
connection between Satan or demons ("lying spirits"; 1Kg 22:21-23;
Eze 13:7-9; 22:28; Jn 8:44; 1Ti 4:1), and spiritual, physical,
mental problems, or true diseases of the body known to medical science.
is also no Biblical possibility of Satan or demons indwelling or
true Christians. It is true that demonic indwelling of non-Christians
produce certain physical afflictions that mimic true disease (Mk 9:25;
13:11), and that some people were said to be "healed" of demonic or
Satanic influences as their "illness" (Mt 4:24; 15:22-28; Lk 6:18;
7:21; 8:2,36; 9:38-42; Ac 5:16; 10:38). However, true disease and
affliction are clearly distinct and independent from each other (Mt
10:8; Mk 1:34; Lk 4:40-41; 6:18; 9:1; Ac 5:16; 8:7; 19:12; 1Ti 5:23),
though they sometimes coincided (Mt 8:16-17†; 12:22; 17:14-18;
Mk 9:17-29; Lk
4:40-41; 9:38-42; 13:11-16).
some cases of illness, God's
generational curse is a possible cause, since it is in the Ten
20:5), which remain in effect for Christians as moral Law. The entire
Testament is full of criticisms and warnings to obey the Ten
other Old Testament moral laws, and supports that generational curses
occur in the new covenant era (Lk 19:44; 21:22-23*-24 [cf. Mt 24:19*;
13:17*-19]; 23:28-29; Jn 9:2-3; Rv 2:20-23). While it is true that
provided Christians freedom from the laws of death and curses (Ro 8:2;
3:13), the teaching that it is unlimited or automatic freedom is
(Heb 9:27; Rv 2:20-23).
popular false teachings about
generational curses do not hold up to scrutiny either. James
not say that God only blesses, never curses. In context, it actually
does not dispense blessings together with chastisements. It also
keep trusting in His goodness and gift of salvation, in order not to
mistake of becoming dismayed and doubting them when undergoing many
trials and temptations
(self-responsibility) for generational curses (ascribing them to
unforgiveness, self-righteousness, feeling guilty or unloved, etc.) are
contrary to their occurrence in children too young to sin, or even know
from wrong (Dt 1:39; Isa 7:16; Ro 9:11; 1Co 14:20). Self-liability
some passages that are actually inconclusive, either due to imprecise
(Ex 20:5b; Dt 5:9b), or rival translations being possible (Lv 26:39b*;
51:5*; Pr 26:2*; 2Ti 3:15*).
overgeneralizes, or takes out of context many other passages (Ex 20:6;
26:39a-b*-42; Nu 23:19-21*; Dt 5:10; 24:16; 1Sm 2:27-36 [cf. 1:3b;
2:12-17,22a-b*-25; 3:12-14]; 2Kg 14:5-6; Job 21:19 [cf. 21:20-21]; 2Ch
Ps 58:3 [cf. fig. embellishments in 57:4; 58:4-7]; 100:5; 109:18 [cf.
109:17,19]; Pr 12:21a*; Isa 49:24a* [KJV]; 65:6-7; Jer 16:10-13;
[cf. Mt 27:48; Mk 15:36; Lk 23:36; Jn 19:29]; Eze 18:1-3*-20; Mt 8:17
Isa 53:4-5]; Jn 9:2; Gal 3:10; Heb 8:12; 10:17; Ja 3:10).
context of Jeremiah 31:29-30
and Ezekiel 18:1-3*-20 shows that they are not actually revoking
curses, or saying it is impossible to suffer from one. Instead, they
specifically ridiculing a presumption by the people of Israel that
punishments upon them (famine, slaughter, desolation, oppression, the
etc. [Jer 11-33; Eze 7-24]) were due to generational curses rather than
own sinning. Also, Ezekiel 18:19-20 confirms the principle that a
suffers from a generational curse is not the one at fault for it, and
he chooses to live righteously, he will not die from it (see also Dt
Yet Jeremiah 31:30 and Ezekiel 18:20 are not saying that a person can
due to his own sinning.
1 Samuel 2:27-36, although God
did pronounce a generational curse upon the unrepentant sinners Hophni
Phinehas, the context shows that their father Eli actually had primary
liability, and that it was upon all of his descendants, not just the
ones (cf. Jer 16:10-13). Jeremiah 22:30 clearly demonstrates that
curses afflict all descendants, without any exceptions (Hg 2:23 does
actually show a reversal of a generational curse for Zerubbabel).
all passages that
distinctly deal with generational curses utterly exclude any notion of
self-liability (Ex 34:7; Nu 14:18,29-35; Dt 23:2-8 [cf. Ne 13:1-2];
28:18,32,41,53-63; Josh 6:26 [cf. 1Kg 16:34]; 2Sm 3:27-30 [cf. 1Kg
12:13-18; 24:17; 1Kg 14:9-17; 21:18-28 [cf. 2Kg 9:24-26]; 2Kg 5:20-27;
37:28; 79:2-8*; 109:1-20; Isa 14:20-21; 24:6-23; 65:23*; Jer 9:19-21;
19:9; 22:30 [cf. 1Ch 3:17-19; 2Kg 24:8-12; Hg 2:23]; 32:18; 49:8-10
9-10,18]; Hsa 9:16; Mal 2:3a*; Lk 19:44; 21:22-23*-24 [cf. Mt 24:19*;
13:17*-19]; 23:28-29; Rv 2:20-23). They also show that generational
consist of demotion, or physical illness, defects, suffering, or death
originated by God (not by Satan, demons, or witches). Although it is
any illness or suffering can be considered a predisposition to sin, a
generational curse can not consist of:
a curse, blockage, or hindrance of a person's spirit
a "spirit of rebellion" that transfers from parent to child
any alleged sins (trespasses, "spiritual issues," "legacy of
sinning," "iniquity" [cf. Ex 20:5; KJV])
any bondage to, or strongholds or "cycles" of sin, ignorance,
unforgiveness, fear, anger, pride, legalism, drug abuse, sexual sins,
idleness, suicide, witchcraft, gossip, condemning others, using any
critical words (as in discernment), etc.
notions misinterpret certain
passages (Ex 20:5; Ps 106:15*; Isa 58:6; 65:6*-7; Jer 32:18*; Ro
There is no indication in the Isaiah or Jeremiah passages, nor in any
the approximately 40 Biblical occurrences of the Hebrew word hēyq ("bosom";
KJV), of God actually putting any curse within anyone's spirit, will,
volition. God never makes innocent people sin or rebel (1Co 10:13; Ja
"transfers" sin or rebellion from parents to children (Dt 24:16; Eze
18:4,19-20), or puts "evil spirits" into them. For the same reasons,
the notion of generational (ancestral) sins is also false.
a generational curse
originates with God, and only consists of demotion, or physical
defects, suffering, or death, nobody can ever "break," "defeat,"
"destroy," or "be delivered" from one. This would be trying
to overpower God. Nor is there any using "tools" to remove one, or
doing "inner healing," or pronouncing blessings or benedictions of
conferral/bestowal/impartation (e.g., Abrahamic, Aaronic/Levitical,
father's/parental, generational, "prophetic" [beatitude],
favor/grace). Such pronouncements and teachings are not Biblical (the
to bless people is by doing good to or praying for them [Lk 6:27-28,35;
6:10; Heb 13:16]). A generational curse is not "special," and does
not require special prayers and protocols. Instead, it calls for
father's liability (Lv 26:40; Ne 1:6; 9:2), confessing and repenting of
personal sins, and prayers for healing.
it were true that God has
already granted all deliverance, healing, power, and miracles, and
is entirely up to the individual Christian to just use their
"authority" to receive them by grace, or pray and believe for
themselves they have already received them (Mk 11:23-24†) as
promises and legal
entitlements, or "command" them into reality, then there would never
really be any need to petition or persuade God by joined prayers of
The Bible shows this not to be the reality (Mt 7:7-11; 9:27; 15:22-28;
18:19; 20:30-33; 21:21-22†; Mk 10:46-51; Lk 9:38; 11:9-13; Jn
16:23-24†; 1Co 12:12-31; Eph 6:18; Phs 4:6; 1Ti 2:1; Ja 1:5-8;
Also, the specialized gift of healing (1Co 12:9 [cf. 12:7-30]) would be
and a hindrance to spiritual development. In fact it would be sinful,
any intercessory prayer for other Christians, since either one would
essentially mean acting as an accomplice and abetting them in their
faith to receive their own miracles. It would be more appropriate to
rebuke them instead. This is a teaching of hatred, not love. The
is always to pray for their deliverance, healing, etc.
of petition or intercession
are not less effective than spoken commands. Silent prayers are less
susceptible to being made faithlessly than commands, but are not less
effective. Faith is the crucial factor in effective prayer, not
loud (1Sm 1:12-16; Mt 6:6-8; Ro 14:23b). Additional passages further
these and other similar notions, which are largely ways of feigning
faith, and avoiding truly addressing and dealing with problems and
solitary or singlehanded faith is all that is ever necessary (cf. Eze
Mt 10:1; 17:20*; 18:19; Mk 5:30; Lk 5:17b; 6:19; 9:1-2; Ac 4:29-30;
20:9-10; 1Co 12:7-30*; 2Co 1:10-11; Ja 5:13-16; 1Jn 5:14-16)
deliverance, healing, or any other miracles already belong to and are
all Christians as entitlements (cf. Mt 18:19; Mk 5:30; Lk 5:17b; 6:19;
Ac 4:29-30; 9:36-40; 10:38; 14:8-11; 1Co 4:11; 12:7-30*; 2Co 1:8-11;
4:5-6; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe
faith is merely belief that can be whipped or perked up by thinking and
speaking only "positively," "optimistically," or according
to popular misconceptions about having a "good attitude" (cf. Pr
27:1; Mk 9:24; Ac 4:29-30; 10:1-4; Ro 12:3; 1Co 2:4*-5; 4:11,20;
1:8-11; 12:9-10; Phs 4:5-6; 1Th 1:5; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja
3:2a; 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; 3:18-20*-24)
Christians can "never" obtain deliverance, healing, or miracles
without having blustery or melodramatic confidence, or supreme
they are inevitable (cf. Ps 146:7-8; Pr 27:1; Mk 9:24; Lk 5:12-14;
17:6*; Ac 9:36-40; 10:1-4; Ro 8:26; 12:3; 1Co 2:4*-5; 4:20; 11:28-34;
2Co 1:8-11; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 4:1-3; Phs 4:5-6; Col 3:12; 1Th 1:5; Heb
Ja 2:14-26; 3:2a; 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe 3:15b; 4:16-19)
the actual preconditions for faithfulness (individual righteousness,
prayers, knowing truth and the Word), are legalistic, unimportant,
outmoded, or foolish (cf. Ps 146:7-8; Mt 13:15a-b*; Jn 15:7-8; Ac
11:28-34; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 2:14-26; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19;
notions are not part of true
(living) faith, and are based on misinterpreting, overgeneralizing, or
many passages out of context (Ge 32:24-29; 1Kg 17:1 [see also 18:41;
5:17-18]; 1Ch 4:9-10; Ps 5:12; 30:1-2; 34:10*,19; 37:4-5,25; 41:1-3;
103:2-3; 105:37; 107:20; 118:17; Pr 3:5-8; 4:20-22; 6:2; 11:6; 14:30;
22:9; 23:7*; 26:2; Ecc 5:3*; Isa 45:3; 53:4-5; 54:17; 60:1-3; 61:1; Jer
Mi 3:8a; Mt 7:7-8; 8:17 [cf. 8:16]; 9:21-22,29; 10:1,7-8; 17:20*;
5:28,34; 9:23b*; 10:52; 11:23-24†; Lk 4:18-19; 6:38; 8:48,50;
11:9-10; 17:6*,19; Jn 4:50; 8:36; 10:10b; 14:12; 15:7*; 19:30; Ac 1:8;
4:17; 5:17; 6:11; 8:11,32b*,37; 10:13,17; 12:2,3b*; 15:18-19; 1Co 2:2;
10:13; 2Co 1:18-21; 2:14; 3:7-10 [cf. Dt 7:15-24; 28:12-13; Ps 105:37];
4:8-9,13-14†,18; 5:17; 9:8; Gal 3:5*,29; 4:7; Eph 1:3,6***,19;
4:24; Phs 4:13*
[cf. 4:11-12], 19; Col 1:13-14,27b; 2:6,10*-12,15; 1Th 5:23-24; Ttus
6; Heb 2:8a; 11:1*; 13:20-21†; Ja 1:5b*; 5:13a; 1Pe 2:24; 2Pe
1:3-4; 3:9; 1Jn
3:21-22; 4:4,16-17; 5:4b*; 3Jn 2*; etc.).
passages supposedly support
the mystical belief that being spiritual, or having faith for
healing requires being "illogical," or overriding or bypassing the
mind, reasoning, and analytical thought (Pr 3:5; Mt 6:25*,34*; 10:19*;
Mk 13:11*; Lk 10:21*; 12:11*,22*,29*; Jn 5:39-40; 7:24; Ac 4:32*;
1:21-22; 8:6*,26*; 10:8-10; 12:16*; 1Co 1:19-26; 2:1-2,4*-5,12-16;
4:3-5,10 [cf. 8,18-19], 20; 8:1-3; 13:8-12; 14:14-15†;
4:2*,6,18; 5:7,13; 10:4-5; 11:3-6*; Eph 1:17-18†; 3:19;
4:17-18†,23*; Phs 3:13;
4:8*; Col 2:18b; 1Ti 1:3*-5; 4:13-16†; 6:20; 2Ti
2:23-26†; Ttus 3:9; Heb 3:1*;
5:12-14†; 11:1*; Ja 1:5-6*-8; 3:13; 1Jn 2:27; 3:18; 2Jn 1-2;
etc.). In reality,
this view misinterprets, takes out of context, or overgeneralizes some
passages without rival manuscripts or translations, while the rest are
inconclusive (Ro 1:21-22; 10:8-10; 1Co 2:12-16; Ttus 3:9; 1Jn 2:27). As
passages that do have rival translations, it takes some out of context
12:16*; 1Co 2:4*-5; 15:34*-36; 2Co 4:2*; Phs 4:8*; Heb 11:1*
citations in next paragraph]), while the rest are inconclusive.
New Testament clearly refutes
this mystical belief with an abundance of logical expressions (using
"because," "for," "if [then],"
"reason," "since," "so," "then,"
"therefore"), and references to the "mind,"
"thought," "knowledge," etc. as being intrinsic to
spirituality (Mt 10:16; 13:23; 15:10-11; 16:5-12; 22:29,37; Mk 7:14-15;
Lk 1:3*-4; 10:27; 12:47-48; 24:45-48; Jn 7:21-24; 8:31-32; 10:38;
16:13; Ac 1:3; 2:42; 4:32*; 6:9-10; 10:19; 12:9-12; 15:38*; 17:2-4,11;
18:24-28†; 19:8; 20:35; 26:24-25; Ro 1:21-22; 2:14-15;
12:2-3,16* [cf. 12:10-15,18]; 14:5; 15:4,14; 16:25-26*; 1Co 1:10,19-26;
2:12-16; 4:6 [cf. 4:3-5], 9*; 5:6-12; 6:1-5,9-10; 8:1-4; 10:1-15;
13:8-12; 14:14-15†,20; 15:33-34*-36; 2Co 1:13*-14*-15; 2:11;
4:2*-4; 8:7; 9:5;
10:4-5; 11:3-6*,16 [cf. 12:6]; 13:11; Gal 3:7; Eph 1:17-18†;
4:11-14,17-18†,23*,25; 5:5-17; Phs 1:9-10; 3:13-15; 4:7-8*-9;
2:2-3; 3:2*,16; 1Th 3:1; 2Th 2:3-6; 1Ti 1:3*-5; 3:2,14-15 [cf. 3:2-12];
4:1-11,13-16†; 6:3; 2Ti 1:7*,12; 2:11-15*-18,23-26†;
3:14-17; 4:2-5; Ttus
1:8-15; 2:2,5*-8,12; 3:1,9-11; Heb 2:1; 5:12-14†; 11:1* [cf.
11:2-40], 6; 13:9;
Ja 1:5-6*-8; 2:20-24; 3:13; 4:4-5,17; 1Pe 1:13; 4:7*; 5:8; 2Pe
3:1-3,15-18; 1Jn 2:3-6,27; 4:2-3; Jd 3-7; etc.).
objective is to
obtain deliverance, healing, etc. by prayers and righteousness, not by
Tithing has the inherent defect of not producing righteousness, and
negative potential of being misdirected. It was not involved or
any Biblical miracle. Money and wealth are supposed to be earned by
not tithing (Dt 8:17-18; Ps 37:16; Pr 11:4,28; 13:7*; 15:16; 28:6; Mt
6:19-24*-34; 13:22; 20:1-16; Mk 4:19; Lk 3:14; 12:15-31*-34;
19:13*-23; Jn 2:14-16; Ac 3:2-6; 8:18-25; 2Co 2:17; 9:7; Eph 4:28; 1Th
4:11-12; 2Th 3:7-12; 1Ti 5:22b; 6:5-11; Heb 13:5; Ja 1:9-11). The New
has just one money miracle (Mt 17:27).
passages confirm that whenever
Christians needed or requested intercessory prayers for deliverance, as
and his associates frequently did, it was never due to personal
"disorders" or problems (sins, unpleasant emotions, a lax
relationship with God, lack of faith, misconceptions, evil thoughts,
lies, demonic indwelling or oppression, "spiritual damage," financial
deficits, etc.). The bondage, suffering, or jeopardy they faced was not
something they brought upon themselves. Instead, they were innocent
needed rescue from circumstances of persecution (direct or indirect),
mistreatment, or chance adversity beyond their responsibility or
fact that they were victims, and some even martyrs, does not mean they
"overcomers," which is a separate issue of personal sin. God did not
always deliver them, but whenever He did it was always in response to
intercessory prayers and personal righteousness (which includes being
and having faith in God), not interpersonal ministry and relying on
systematic procedures (Ac 5:17-25; 12:1-11; 16:19-28; 27:13-44; Ro
2Co 1:8-11; Eph 6:17-21; Phs 1:12-20; 2Th 3:1-2; 2Ti 4:17; Phm 22; Ja
deliverance was never a
matter of "deliverance ministry," repenting, asking God to give them
a clean heart, whipping up the right feelings or mood, celebrating,
their "boundaries," binding "evil spirits," "breaking
curses," "releasing blessings," counting on their own solitary
faith to be sufficient, choosing, declaring, commanding, learning,
their minds, modifying thoughts and perceptions, having new
"repairing spiritual damage," tithing, rebuking Satan, reciting
prayers in Hebrew, etc.
urging intercessory prayer
for other Christians, the Bible urges to care for and heal the sick (Mt
25:34-46; Lk 9:6; Ja 5:14-16), feed the hungry (Mt 25:34-46), assist
(Mt 25:34-46; Gal 6:2,10; 1Jn 3:17-18), and comfort the distressed (2Co
It also directs to correct and expel the unrepentant (Ro 16:17-18; 1Co
Ttus 3:9-11). But it is not Christian to tell everyone they are
causing, creating, or perpetuating their own problems, bondage, or
to their own faithlessness, mistaken feelings, illusions about
"damaged spirits"; that God loves them enough, has blessed them, and
met all their needs already (cf. Ja 2:14-16; 1Jn 3:18); and so they
receive whatever they need if they would just be joyous and
"positive," have love, realize that "God helps those who help
themselves," work on "spiritual healing," etc. Jesus and the
apostles never promoted deliverance or healing by solitary faith. Jesus
the proverb "Physician, heal thyself" (Lk 4:23) in a different sense.
Christians are persecuted (Jn
15:18-19 [cf. 16:33]; 1Co 12:26a; 2Th 1:4-8; 2Ti 3:12; Heb 10:32-36),
Christians need deliverance to at least some degree, and thus prayers
deliverance. Reasonably then, Christians persecuted to a greater degree
greater need for deliverance and intercessory prayer. For example,
tortured in prisons in Saudi Arabia have a greater need than Christian
motorists confronted by profane highway signs in the U.S.
Review #2: Rethinking
abuse" and related terms and concepts should not be used, as they are
unreasonable and based upon misconceptions. It is impossible to abuse
spirit (soul, heart, inner self) without also abusing the mind or body.
Therefore, it is mistaken to try to isolate abuse to the spiritual
define it exclusively that way, just as gnosticism tries to isolate sin
physical realm. Terms such as "abuse of the spirit," "soul
scars," etc. also carry the false idea of a degraded, impaired, or
corrupted spirit, as though caused by an external force; and a
for "spiritual repair," "inner healing," or "healing
the soul." The Bible does not support these ideas.
soul, heart, and inner self are
not exactly the same as the spirit (Heb 4:12), but overlap with it in
spiritual realm, and are generally synonymous with it. All four have
thought (Mt 9:3-4; Mk 11:23; Lk 5:21-22; Ro 7:22; 1Co 2:11; 1Jn 4:1)
emotion (Mt 5:3; Ro 7:22; Col 3:16; 1Pe 3:4; 2Pe 2:8)
morality (Mt 9:3-4; 15:18; 22:37; Lk 6:45a; 8:15; 10:27; Ro 2:5; 7:22;
2Co 4:13; 7:1; 1Th 5:23; 1Pe 3:19; 2Pe 2:8; 1Jn 3:21)
direct influence by God (Ro 8:16; 11:8; 2Co 1:22; 3:14-15; 4:16; Gal
3:16-17a; 2Ti 1:7; 4:22)
judgment by God (Mt 10:28; 16:26; Ac 7:59; 1Co 5:5; Ja 2:26a; 1Pe 3:4;
3:21; Rv 20:4a)
can never degrade or damage
the spirit (1Co 4:11-13; 2Co 1:4; 4:6-14; 7:5-6; Heb 12:3; 1Pe 2:19-23;
starve or drain it (Jn 4:13-15; 6:35; 7:37-38), or impair,
neutralize it (Mt 12:30; Mk 9:40; Lk 11:23). Breaking spiritual unity
others can never weaken or create a hole in the spirit of the faithful
3:1-10 [cf. Lk 1:80]; 18:15-17; Jn 6:66 [cf. 7:1-10]; Ro 16:17-18; 1Co
2Th 3:6,14-15; 2Ti 3:1-7; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 9-11). If abuse could
spirit, then all Christians would always have damaged spirits, since
Christians are persecuted (Jn 15:18-19; 16:33; 1Co 12:26a; 2Th 1:4-8;
Christian's spirit can only be
degraded, damaged, or defeated from within by the Christian himself, by
in to temptation or deception (Mt 10:28; 15:11; Mk 7:15-23; 1Co
8:4-13; 2Co 7:1; 11:4; 12:18; Col 2:18; Ja 3:6; 1Jn 4:1-6). Correct
for it are "spiritual backsliding" (cf. Jer 3:12-14; 5:6; 1Co 5:1-5*;
Gal 6:1; Rv 2:4-5), "shipwreck" (1Ti 1:19-20), or "twice
dead" (Jd 12). Correct literal terms include "sin,"
"reprobate," "immoral," "unrepentant," "lose
salvation," "weaken in faith" (1Co 8:4-13), or
"beguiled" (Col 2:18). Spiritual backsliding can be a reaction to
abuse, but is never a necessary reaction to it. It calls for correction
repentance, not clinical notions of damage, healing, doctoring, repair,
which just feed into "learned helplessness" by perpetuating the
misconceptions of "besetting sins" (cf. 1Co 10:13), "passing the
blame," and an unrepentant "victim mentality." Claims to the
contrary rely on passages that are ambiguous or have rival translations
3:22; Heb 12:1*).
who do not react to
abuse by backsliding just have suffering (distress) of the spirit. The
characterizes this as being troubled (distraught), poor, or grieving in
(Ps 25:15-21 [cf. 25:1-3]; Da 7:15; Mt 5:3; Jn 13:21; Ac 16:17-18; Heb
1Pe 1:6); or tormented, bowed down, cast down, or sorrowful of soul
Ps 38:6; 42:6; Mt 26:38; 2Pe 2:7-8).
range of figurative expressions
for spiritual suffering includes having a "broken" or
"crushed" spirit (Job 17:1; Pr 15:4,13; 17:22; 18:14), a
"broken" or "pierced" soul (Ps 119:20*; Lk 2:35), or a
"broken," "stricken," "withered,"
"wounded," "sick," or "heavy" heart (Ps 34:18*;
102:4; 109:16,22; Pr 12:25; 13:12; 25:20*; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18*). The
for "sick" essentially means "suffer" (Isa 53:10; NIV) or
"grieve" (Am 6:6; KJV). In the case of a "wounded" heart
and the other figurative cases, the context shows that the key to
spiritual suffering is changing or escaping from the external
that appear to
substantiate healing of the spirit, soul, heart, or inner self are only
figurative, not literal (Ps 23:3; 41:4*; 42:11*; 43:5*; Pr 15:4a-b*;
25:25; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18a*), and their context shows that they are only
speaking of encouragement, healing the body, or relief from suffering
external circumstances. Spiritual suffering is analogous to the
grieving of the
Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30), which can not be damaged, and it is
proportional to the
degree of adversity or abuse (2Co 1:8-9).
Bible never makes spiritual
suffering itself the issue, or identifies it as the root of the
isolates it as anything that requires a direct focus or solution apart
external circumstances. False notions of healing the spirit, or
and other common recommendations like being joyful and cheerful singing
a solution (Pr 25:20* [but cf. 12:25; "a good word" does benefit]; Ja
5:13b). Instead, the external circumstances (persecution, victimizer
leaders, etc.) must be addressed and dealt with Biblically, by prayer
5:13-18), and by keeping in mind relevant passages (Mt 5:11-12; Jn
8:35-39; 1Co 4:12-14; 1Pe 4:12-19; etc.).
of modern vernacular,
slang, figurative, emotive (especially of the heart), or comedic use,
no sensible, valid, Biblical, or Christian basis for describing
the spirit, Holy Spirit, soul, heart, or inner self as being the object
recipient of certain terms, and/or defined or symbolized by certain
terms; except only in the sense of deceptions, diversions, delusions,
noted (slashes separates terms closely related in concept, and a
follows a wrong term or terms that have no legitimate meaning with the
[mental] or body):
terms and ideas:
hijack/kidnap/steal/identity theft, betray, defeat/trounce/overthrow,
wound/pierce (exc. fig. as: suffer; virtue or sin),
alter/mark/bent/dent/scar/deform/degrade, hole(exc. fig. as: unsaved),
trample (exc. fig. as: persecute [virtue]; punish [sin]),
harm/damage/broken/the straw that broke the camel's back (exc. fig. as:
lost salvation [sin; all free will choices];
humbled/distraught/suffer/afflicted [sin or virtue]),
injure/dislocate/bruise/sprain/fracture, rip/gash, maim/
mayhem/bedlam (right terms: disquiet/
both, or unknown]), kill, murder, assassinate,
(exc. fig.; sin or virtue), suicide (exc. fig.; sin),
nullify, toss/throw (exc. fig.; sin), molest, rape,
discomfit/shake/unhinge/rattle (exc. unbelievers can be),
handle/mishandle, trigger, controlling/
take over/infiltrate/smite (exc. God can),
short-circuit/disarm, block/cork-, clogg-, stopp-, plugg-, damm-,
stupor, coma, shock, trauma, constrict/choke/strangle/suffocate/oxygen,
jump-start, starve/famine/emaciated (exc. fig. as: unsatiated, restrict
poison/venom/bane/cyanide/noxious/toxic/intoxicate/detox (exc. fig. of
sin and/or suffering ["words
full of spiritual venom," "spiritual detox from religious cults"]),
blood (exc. Jesus'
[not still bleeding], or fig. as: communion wine), blood pressure,
tourniquet, ill-, sick-ness/
plague/curse (exc. by God as a curse; it can't be sin, rebellion, or
isolated to the spirit/soul/heart/inner self), generational
curse/unfortunate/misfortune (exc. by God upon the unrepentant and
their descendants; it can't be sin, rebellion, or isolated to the
spirit/soul/heart/inner self), ancestral-, generational- sin\,
contagious/epidemic/outbreak/metastasize (right terms:
immune/immunity (right terms: false sense of security [sin];
sanctified[virtue]), biology, emergency/CPR/paramedic/life
care/treat/regimen/therapy/acupuncture/smelling salts/aroma-, animal-,
paro- therapy/seeing eye dog/service capuchin/horse/dolphin/teddy
sauna/spa/suntan/nutrition/comfort food/creature comforts/baptize/
resurrect/resuscitate (exc. exclusively in the natural to benefit the
and/or body; lit. or fig. ["spiritual cure of arthritis by prayer,"
"Bible study to
cure wrong beliefs," "inoculated as a spiritual act of mercy"]; cf. Ac
Ro 12:2 [per contra Eze 36:26; Heb 4:12]), emporium/bazaar/merchandise,
garments/raiment (exc. by the Word, or of the mind and/or body by faith
lit. ["spiritual teachings"], or fig. ["spiritual armor";
Eph 6:11-17]), proficient, score points (right terms:
holy/obedient/righteous [virtue]), discipline (exc. as: shunning,
self-control, moral Law, Biblical
procedure, God's punishment/chastisement),
ignite/kindle (exc. as: inspire [virtue];
agitate [sin or virtue]), firewood, ignition, engine, fuel/refuel,
leak/drain/rupture, oil (exc.
anointing oil), workshop,
Mother- Earth, Nature/Father Time, chiefest-, most eminent-, super-,
conqueror/reign (exc. God, Jesus, or of personal salvation [Ro 5:17;
foundation/rock/source (exc. God,
Jesus, or the Bible), the go-to (exc. God or the Bible), golden
boy/Mr.- Fix-it, Perfect/
(exc. God, Jesus, evil spirits, or evil people; Christians can only be
"church" leaders), king/your
own throne/viceroy/ruler/reign (exc. God, Jesus, evil spirits, or evil
people; and Christians
after Christ's return [Lk 22:29-30; 2Ti 2:12; Rv 1:6*; 2:26-27; 3:21;
5:10; 20:4-6]), scepter/
preeminent/supreme/primacy/provider (exc. of God or Jesus), you already
have the crown
of- glory (cf. 1Pe 5:4), righteousness (cf. 2Ti 4:8),
master/ruler/hero/mighty/creator/world changer/teacher/God (exc. God,
Jesus, or the Holy
Spirit; people can only be "church" teachers), coequal, sainted/patron
/parent/progenitor/beget (exc. God, or Christian discipleship
["fathering," "begotten"; KJV],
or bringing up children ["spiritual parenting"]), birth/spawn (exc. God
can; fig.), egg, reproduce (exc.
as: having children, imitating Jesus), rep-, dup-licate (exc. imitating
species/blood-, pheno-type/pedigree/breed/half-, inter-breed/in-,
(exc. by the Holy Spirit in Jesus' conception), deliver (exc. by God
as: rescue, release),
(deliverance depends on God, and often requires intercessory prayer
[cf. Eze 33:5 (per
contra Pr 11:6)]), self-actualize\, bring forth/bear, labor of
childbirth (cf. Ro 8:21-22*-23;
Gal 4:19*; right terms: labor as in childbirth [fig.]/strive/suffer),
/crib/cradle (exc. of the baby Jesus, or fig. as: immature),
offspring/progeny/handiwork (exc. God's),
love child, brainchild, brain (exc. as: mind),
endow/empower/supply/radiate (exc. God can), propagate (exc. as:
/chisel/architecture/draftsman (exc. God can [fig.]; right terms for
fathering/begotten [KJV]/teaching, sanctification),
husbandman/graft in/pruning (exc. God can; fig.), lineage/bloodline
(exc. as: Levite, Jew,
Christian, Gentile, generational- curse, blessing), headship/covering
(exc. God, Jesus, or
a woman's husband), marriage/groom/bride (exc. fig. of Jesus with the
(right term: character [virtue or sin]),
moral-, relationship- boundaries/guide-, drawn-
hedges/mosquito net [virtue or sin]), community/a commune/tribe (right
terms: cult [sin];
networking/marketing, advancement/graduate/promotion, breadwinner,
money, pauper (right terms: poor [sin or virtue], bankrupt [sin]),
orphan (right terms:
reprobate/bastard [KJV]/illegitimate/child of Satan),
pessimistic (unrealistic unless based on exclusive circumstances or
faith in- yourself,
others, country\, fixation, critical/judgmental (connotes sin or
virtue; right terms:
accusatory/condemning/hypocritical/legalistic [sin]; alert/discerning
[virtue]), liens (exc.
God can have), science, Christian Science, bandwidth,
download/revelation (exc. if personal,
and doesn't contradict or add to the Bible), progressive revelation,
mission-, non-mission-al/liberation-, prosperity- theology\emergent/new
religion, penance, Marian/Pauline ("Marian spirituality"),
slain/drunk/a sheet-, three sheets-
in the wind/St. Vitus' dance/shake and bake, interdenominational,
burning in the bosom
(connotes Mormonism; right term: heart burning within [Lk 24:32]),
raise Cain (exc. fig.; sin
or virtue), hell has no fury like a woman scorned (exc. fig. as:
extreme anger), meditate
(exc. using the mind as: think/study/focus/concentrate),
expanded- consciousness (right terms: wishful thinking, repetitions,
brainwashing; of the mind or body [sin]), semi-conscious, guru/ashram,
Zen\, oracle (exc. as: Bible truth, the Temple sanctuary [KJV]),
guided imagery/dreamcatcher\centering/re-set, -boot/yoga/vision
quest/New Age/sweat lodge/
white witchcraft/ouija board/wizard/shaman/incantation/conjure (exc.
as: occult, altered
consciousness, witchcraft, spirit-, Satan-ism), possession, transfer,
reincarnate\, zombie (exc. fig. as: lost, ignorant, backslidden),
vampire, grim reaper
(exc. fig. as: death), hole/portal/stargate/access
node, matrix, window, triangle, channel/channeling\ley lines/go- into
the light, through the
/crack (right terms: door/doorway/gate/gateway/entrance/entry/entryway
[the only valid
meanings of these 7 terms are: sin, virtue, Jerusalem, the ark of the
or Bethel (Ge 28:16-19)]), travel to-, communicate with- the past\,
attachment/umbilical cord, astrology\horoscope\zodiac/god, -dess\Davy
(exc. fig. as: artistically inspired human)/mermaid\, Styx\,
remora fish/surf/ride the wave/wave rider/joy-, thrill-
ride/adrenaline- rush, junkie/wild wave
(exc. as: wicked [Jd 12])/tidal wave
(tsunami; exc. as: wicked, God's punishment)/heaven's floodgates are
open\wave of the future/wavy/bobb-,
undulate/oscillate/brain wave/biorhythm/flood-, monsoon-
Old Faithful (geyser)/waves----, cycles----, ripples----, rhythms----
of totally--- unmerited--,
unconditional--, free-flowing-- grace, rewards
, blessing, restoration, satisfaction, acceptance, forgiveness,
fulfill-ment\call-, pull- of the sea/salvation--- throws your works
away the sinful nature, drowns all-- sinful-, unpleasant- thoughts and
will always part-; are already parted-; every door--- is--, will--
open- for you\watered-down/water-fall, -
wading- pool/hot tub/bathhouse/spa-,
party-, tourist-, Roman baths-, Japanese macaque- culture,
lifestyle/soak-, dous-, leech-, steep-,
siphon-, marinat-, percolat-, chugalugg-ing/truth--, wisdom--,
should only come by- osmosis, meditation, downloads, revelations, an
voice\waterlogged/flotation-, isolation-, sensory deprivation-
tank/flat-, float- on your back/let---
circumstances mold or carry you as they may, your-- DNA-, habits-,
common sense-, muscle memory- be the guide/go--, swim-- with the- flow,
tide, current, path
of least resistance/adrift/self-propelled/operate 100% under your own-
all professing churches or Christians-- only have intramural disputes,
should stand shoulder
to shoulder, are- family, genuine, in the same boat, on the same team,
only beneficiaries not
laborers (harvesters)\blood is thicker than water (not
/Good Ship Lollipop/galleon (pirate)/galley (uni-, bi-,
ship/pleasure-, show-, tug-,
tow-boat/tow/haul/drag/stevedore/unsinkable\too big to fail\the bigger
the congregation the closer it is to God (not
-trip/rolling on the river/the
Christian---- walk---, race--- is actually only a-- pleasure trip,
sea-, river-, water-
ride, visit, shunt, transit, commute/the----- river----, stream----
flows in all directions, is--- wider--,
more inclusive-- than the narrow- way, gate, road, door/heaven-; your
the--- oasis-; fertile--, sweet-- spot- is everywhere\locks
avalanche/snow-coated, -covered/sleigh/shopping cart seat/p
edicab/rickshaw/sedan chair/palanquin/hitchhike your way through
life\you have no control
over steering or propulsion/taxi/limo/self-driving car/GPS
navigator/air bag/trailer/auto transporter
(car carrier)/ride-sharing/chauffeur (cf. Eph 6:5-8; Col
(exc. fig. as: Jesus)/ward/proxy/surrogate/stand-in,
-by/avatar/personal- orderly, steward,
specialist, problem solver, decision-maker/attendant/underling/wait
nurse/spoon-feed/bib/diaper/papoose/piggyback/stand on the
escalator/stilts/pogo stick/trampoline/catapult/bungee/ascend to the
any exertion/people mover/cable car/gondola/conveyor belt/assembly
jump a- train/conductor/glide/para-glide, -sail, -chute/skydive/flight
jet- belt, pack/rocket/trapeze/airy/fluff/albatross/crow-,
skylark-ing/head in the clouds/
lucky-, magic-, good luck- charm, touch, carpet, wand, amulet, rabbit's
foot, four-leaf clover,
crystal, idol, paraphernalia, herb, potion, formula\pyramid power\to-
spill salt, break a mirror,
knock on wood/icon, -olatry, -ostasis\silver bullet/capture lightning
in a bottle/wish--
upon a star, ing- cap, well\genie\power-, guaranteed- prayers\life-
an angel's--, the world's-- at your- disposal, summons, command, beck
can ever- go wrong, stop anything you do\mind over matter/you----
control your reality,
create your own world,
only get what you already have in your spirit, are- Jesus, master of
your destiny; own-,
dominate-, can know- everything; have- ultimate power, absolute
freedom, what it takes
already to do anything, dominion (exc. over God-given physical things);
through life, above-, away from- all problems; can---, must---, are
supposed to--- release
perceive everything with total clarity, get into the sewer to find out
it stinks, fold your arms-,
rest on your oars-, kick up your heels- and let God do it all for you;
always-- conform, fraternize,
just do it, slay Goliath, hit your stride, have total liberty, join in
the chorus, come together with
others, be- in the mainstream, free from persecution, receptive to
lose, beware, stand up, make waves, run a tight ship, lock your doors,
precautions, keep spiritually shipshape, feel like you must do
anything, try- to
stem the tide, swim against the current, not to make yourself an easy
target; look at-,
deal with-, take into account- the cold hard facts\crystal
puppet/to be- the glove on the Holy Spirit's hand, a musical instrument
hands\played like a Stradivarius/set pitch (exc. as: attitude, tone of
remote-controlled/led by the nose/under the thumb of- God, Jesus, the
you---- should never---, never need to---; it is-----
futile----, useless----, fruitless---- to--- try, strive, analyze,
apologize, confess sins, say
you're sorry, delay gratification, question authority, roll up your
sleeves, sing for your
supper, straighten things out, look before you leap, call a spade a
spade, get out of
harm's way, judge right from wrong, stand on your own feet, think about
get things under control,
use your critical faculties, protect yourself spiritually, put on the
full armor of God,
give anything a second thought, make a big deal about anything, fix-,
improve- yourself or your circumstances; defend-, fend for-, take care
of-, try to make things
go well for- yourself; be-- careful, vigilant, serious, cautious,
proactive, cognizant, on- alert,
God's law is 100% perspiration and 0% inspiration\law-, aim-, reck-,
shame-less/simple-minded/empty-headed/snap judgment/knee-jerk reaction/
lockstep/rubber stamp/yes-man/the Force\vegetate/your------ tree-----,
only needs to gaze at Jesus, should never check with the Bible, has no-
free will of
its own, maturation process, need of intercessors,
responsibilities of its own in bearing fruit, independent effort or
(cf. Mt 22:36-40; 25:14-30; Ja 3:2); can---- only thrive or flourish
(cf. 3Jn 2), never---
rebel, suffer, backslide, wither in faith, do anything to- be broken
off (cf. Ro 11:17-24),
make itself unfruitful (cf. 1Co 14:14-19); be-- attacked, shaded from-,
anything except- God; never has to---- ask,
walk, seek, take action, strain to grow, weather storms, resist
temptation, depend on others,
struggle against evil, address personal faults, put on the full armor
of God, run (cf. 1Co 9:24-27
[per contra Ps 55:22*; 112:6*; 121:3*; Pr 12:3*; Jer 17:8]), strive to
be holy or righteous
(cf. Ac 24:16; 1Co 9:26-27; Heb 4:11; 12:1-13; Ja 1:12), watch out for
itself (cf. Mt 10:17;
Mk 13:9; Ac 20:29-31; 1Co 10:1-13; 1Pe 5:8-9 [per contra 1Pe 5:7-9]),
be- vigilant, conscious
of sin; resist--, respond to-- pests, blight, competition, fleshly
desires, the- elements,
environment\all sins are leaves that just wither and fall off\green
indigenous/aboriginal/biosphere/circle of life\naturalism
/grassroots/ecumenical/inter-faith, -denominational/jump on the
bandwagon/follow the- crowd,
masses/unity--, merge--, friendship--, fellowship--, sisterhood--,
brotherhood--, at one-- through-
diversity, with- mankind, humanity, everyone, everything, civilization,
all professing Christians,
nature (cursed- planet, universe, environment), the- world, people,
, society, multitudes, community\the majority is always right\vox
populi vox Dei
\everyone is-- God's child, good inside, the- same at heart, disciple
loved\I'm OK you're OK\disunity is always wrong/unity-- at all costs,
is always- true,
right, better than disunity/bad company improves good
perfect, stress-free, dead to-,
insulated from- sin; Spirit-permeated, -flooded, -reigned
holiness-, goodness-, righteousness- is foolproof, can only increase
- personal- dignity, identity, character, righteousness, track record;
degrees of-- sin, virtue,
righteous-, unrighteous-ness\infinite-, unlimited- grace, chances,
unconditional- honor, approval, acceptance/locked in God's- trophy
case, cage of
righteousness, irremovable suit of grace\pedestal/ensconced/once saved
eternal security ("perseverance")\unassailable/airtight-, vacuum-,
hermetic- seal, bubble/
unchangeable- fate, circumstances\any event already took place before
sera sera\it's all
over/the race is already won/nothing is-- by chance, left that can be
an- accident, coincidence\law of- attraction, expectation/Murphy's
say-, fear-, think-, visualize-, look at- becomes real, takes you over,
future, you become, you are (cf. Pr 23:7*), befalls you (cf. Job
1:1-2:10; 3:25; 42:1-17
[per contra Pr 10:24])\any---
fear--, insecurity--, uneasiness-- feeds-, draws- sin, Satan, failure,
hardwired for hell, are always in the right place at the right time,
can wash your hands
of-, aren't responsible for- your actions; have no- initiative,
self-control, free will, right of
self-defense; can't- help it, overcome your sins, teach an old dog new
Devil-, your DNA-
made you do it (re sin)\righteous---, unrighteous---ness is-- not
individual, in your- DNA, blood\irresistible/quicksand/vortex/black
use trying/basket case/the only thing you're capable of is rolling with
entirely out of your hands/God's will is always unchangeable\glue of-;
gravity of-; God--
meets all needs through-, can't meet needs
apart from- church fellowship\no man is an island (to himself; connotes
"you should never be separate"; exc. as "you affect and are affected by
others")/every tub rests on its own bottom-, God helps those who help
(connotes "you are responsible for all your problems" or "Christians
should have no
interdependence"; exc. as "you have responsibility to
God [Gal 6:5]")/it's impossible to bite off more than you can chew\all
limitations are only misperceptions, healing---, blessings---,
to prayers--- are always-- one step away, granted and on the way, a
(cf. Ja 5:14-16 [per contra 1Pe 2:24]), in your- hand, spirit\it will
all be OK no matter
what you do\everything in life-- works itself out,
comes up roses, takes care of itself, can only go your way, goes- well,
swimmingly; just- shows up, comes to you; falls right into- place, your
should- be welcomed, never be resisted; only gets- more orderly, better
better; goes smooth as- oil, jazz, grease, ice skating, a fine-tuned
car; is-- fun,
safe, good, fated, settled, perfect, decided, beautiful, harmless,
subjective, ergonomic, convenient, copacacetic, supernatural, up to
fair winds, God's will, set in stone, meant to be, done already, in
smooth sailing, up to God alone, yours for the taking, written in God's
something you walk right into, in the- bag, pipeline; for- the best,
pre-destined, -digested, -pared beforehand; a- breeze, illusion,
miracle, blessing, privilege, done deal, fait accompli, finished work,
experience\view through rose-colored glasses/led down the garden
(connotes: pallid, death, whitewashed, beyond reproach; exc. fig. as:
unworried, uncalculating [Mt 6:25-34; Lk 12:22-31])/lotus (connotes:
drowsy, escapism; exc. perhaps as "lily" [Sg 2:1b***])/
flower power/hemlock/defeat-, pacif-ism/non-resistance,
-chalance/freedom is always
free\unilateral disarmament\resistance is futile/problems all- melt
away, light as a feather
\all's well that ends well/loosen up/chill out/lukewarm/laid-back/have
no cares/not have a
care in the
merciful)/fair-weather Christian\no- cost, duty, rules, vigor, needs,
tenacity, stamina, learning, teaching, obligation, aspiration,
responsibility, law and order, quid pro quos, marching orders,
go-lucky/gratis/free-bie, -love, -loader,
serving/unconditional- election, salvation\win the lottery/collect
backstage pass-- to- heaven, healing, blessings, deliverance\grace--,
salvation--, provision--, protection--, wholeness--, restoration--,
favor-- is- on-demand,
unconditional, on tap, a free lunch, in your pocket, as free as gravity
(cf. 1Pe 4:18),
a matter of knowing your true self, getting something for nothing (cf.
more blessed to receive than to give (cf. Ac 20:35)/God--- owes you, is
all heart, only
blesses never curses, gives you all the answers, always-- lets you off
the hook, gives
you carte blanche, puts
everything right in- your path, the palm of your hand\every Christian's
runneth over\intercessory prayer is always- redundant, superfluous,
/entitlement/welfare (dole)/dispensary/stockroom/supply- room, depot,
warehouse/customer/the customer's always right/client,
you everywhere/curry favor/indulgence (fee)/gift-, club-,
ATM-, credit- card/cash cow/money tree\blessings grow on trees\print
diamond- mine/gravy train/guaranteed- wealth, success/all God's people
being poor (cf. Dt 15:11), needing charity (cf. Ja 2:14-16; 1Jn
3:17)\you can always---
trust others, take a free ride, make concessions, walk on streets of
gold, make lemonade
from lemons, pull
yourself up by your bootstraps, depend on the kindness of strangers,
have an easy-,
let favor flood your- life; get- a handout, what you want, a blank
check from God; reach
into God's- wallet, pocket, heavenly bank account; expect-- grace to
solve your problem
for you, a knight in shining armor to come to your aid, to live life
being treated- like a king,
with kid gloves\live---
large, it up, the-- high-, good- life/the life of the party/bon
under an open heaven, in- utopia, God's mansion; has no individual -
sweat, danger, conflict, struggle, mishaps, pressure, suffering,
accidents, deadlines, perspiration, red flags, stop signs, do's or
don't's, should's or
shouldn't's; is--- suburbia,
happy valley, only the cream, heaven on earth, singing Kumbaya, the
Garden of Eden,
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, always- cushy, sunny, soothing, predictable;
non-stop- revelry, reverie,
pleasure, indulging; all- work, gravy, supply, leisure, comfort,
demand, about sitting, gain
and no pain, benefits and no costs, green pastures and still waters but
no valley of the shadow of death
(cf. Ps 23:2-4); a-- feast, party, romp, yawn, divan, beach, paradise,
hootenanny, smorgasbord, Shangri-la, jog trot, chair lift, field day,
feather bed, bubble bath,
beaten path, beer garden, bed of roses, rocking chair, chaise longue,
holiday at sea, summer
camp, lavish banquet, bowl of cherries, dinner appointment, palm-lined
battle that God fights for you (cf. 2Co 5:2-4), love-, laugh-fest;
club\vacation (right terms: indulgent [sin]; rest/Sabbath-rest
lives\nirvana\bask in luxury/wallow/the pleasure principle/instant
hedon-, material-, opportun-ism/expediency/full-, self-service (exc.
full-service can mean
)/do-for-yourself/cafeteria/a la carte/everything in life tastes- good,
sugar daddy/candy- man, store/cafe/coffee/served to you on a silver
cake/let them eat cake/have it all your-, where there's a will there's
a- way/the Christian
walk-- comes- naturally, instinctively, by default; is- easy, innate,
a solo act, spontaneous
(exc. God's part in justification or
secret/groove/the God habit\easy---- street, virtue, enough to do- in
your sleep, blindfolded;
as--- pie, gluttony, swinging, doing the hokey-pokey, a-- picnic, walk
in the park, stroll,
promenade, strut, cakewalk, jig, boogie, waltz, ballet, conga line,
car wash, baptism-,
communion- ceremony; to do as it is to--- fall, speak, recline,
breathe, sunbathe, take
a pill, join a club, unwrap a gift, shoo a fly away, build a
sandcastle, toss-, catch- a ball;
click your heels together, form your body into a cruciform position,
light a match, fire a
distress flare, send an SOS, call- 911, the repairman; push a button,
get a good signal,
download a file, enter
a code, withdraw cash from an ATM, cash- a check, in on it; insert a
coin, use a--
microwave, vending-, washing- machine; drop your clothes off at the
push- a lever; reel in a fish, trim a sail, turn- a rudder, on a
faucet; dive--, jump--, plunge--
into- water, a fountain; pump water into a pail, soak up water in-,
squeeze water from- a
sponge; dispense hand
lotion, sprinkle "holy water," spray-- perfume, weedkiller, bug spray,
stain remover, breath
freshener, a- garden hose, shower massage, fire extinguisher; plug in a
power cord, flip a
switch, open a- valve, umbrella, refrigerator, lock with a key; bake a
cake, sit down at the
table, eat to your heart's content, help yourself to- cookies,
servings, an all-you-can-eat
pizza delivery, at a drive-through; pick a- plum, peach; change your-
attitude, latitude; step--
out of the dark, under a pouring waterspout, into- rain, sunlight; on
the- gas, brake
/monkey-see-monkey-do/facile/child's play/nothing to it/you-- don't
have a leg to stand
on, can't-, don't have to- do things to be more righteous\it is more
spiritual to----; you-----
should----, are supposed to---- never make a move, learn how to stay
seated, live like the
Tarahumara (re like doing work is beneath you), always-- sit, rest, let
go, nod off, sleep in,
hang out, quit trying, do nothing, stay in bed, take it easy, hit the
sack, wear flip-flops, cool
your heels, shut out the world, relax your posture, lay down your arms,
put your gear in neutral,
cut everyone some slack, say "only God can do this," find diamonds in
cesspools, curl up
with the Good Book, throw your arms up in frustration, beat your swords
lean on Jesus instead of taking a stand or walking by faith, fight
spiritual battles in silk pajamas
instead of the full armor of God, let it- ride, slide; kick-, lean-
back; feel right-, make yourself-
at home; sit- on the sidelines, down and shut up; skip-, sidestep-
dealing with difficulties; let-
the good times roll, God be the active one; be- still, limp, slow,
docile, listless, retiring, floored,
passive, horizontal, recumbent, loose-lipped, knocked-out, on velvet,
sitting pretty, at Jesus'
bosom, carried on Jesus' shoulders, resigned to your circumstances,
(exc. as: in awe of God); live--- seated, by-- force of habit, taking
a- seat, load off your feet;
plopping yourself-, letting your guard- down\complacent/eat the bread
fence- sitter/don't be a standup but a sit-- up-, down-
chair/highchair/wing chair (right term: mercy seat [God's only; Ex
25:22; Lv 16:2*])/God
always makes your enemies your footstool\"dwell" and "abide" (Ps 91:1;
etc.) can only
mean "sit"\always sitting under a- sukkah (booth), huppah
(canopy)/sit-- back, like a
happy Buddha, in the gap (cf. Eze 22:30; Eph 6:13), on the egg until
hatches/sitz bath/waiting room/spectator sport/eye-service/couch- body,
potato/sack of potatoes
/layabout/do-, know-nothing/bump on a log/stick-in-the-mud/tee (re
(bee)/rest on your- laurels, blessed assurance/beached/run
-action/take things lying down/lying down on the job/the angels sitting
at Jesus' tomb were
setting an example for the Christian lifestyle (cf. Mt 28:2; Mk 16:5;
Jn 20:12)\loaf-, plank-, loung-,
squatt-, sprawl-, goldbrick-, sleepwalk-ing/carpet knight/army of
invertebrate/rug rat/pliant like a rag doll/slugabed/drowsy/supine/day
repose/sedentary/sleep/fetal position/we-- are-, should be- naked
babies cradled in God's
arms\inner child\second childhood\rebirthing\womb of
grace\hibernate/the lion (leopard) has
lain down with the lamb (goat; cf. Isa 11:6)/the most apt prayer is
"Now I lay me down
to sleep"\rest in peace (R.I.P.)/asleep at the wheel/Jesus carries your
cross for you\the
solution's always right under your nose\it's all--- elementary,
self-evident, plain as day,
really-- a- snap, cinch, breeze, no-brainer; so- easy, simple, obvious
(cf. Jn 7:24; 15:7-8;
2Pe 3:16)/solve any need, desire, problem, or adversity if you
simply---- sit, ask, live,
fast, rest, wait, give, tithe, seek, obey, study, laugh, knock, praise,
forgive, believe, worship, connect, respond, socialize, meditate,
dig in, reach out, sow seed, shake it off, help others, act blessed,
heed the call,
connect the dots, doubt your
doubt, confess your sins, memorize Psalm 23, demand satisfaction, win
ground, tear down your walls, refuse to be a victim, deal with your
issues, look within
your spirit, listen to spiritual music, break through your fears,
believe you are righteous,
spread your wings and fly, practice good stewardship, cooperate with
your angels, seek
first the kingdom of God,
settle-, press- in; enjoy-, simplify- your life; rise-, step-, open-,
lighten- up; change your-
tone, words, self-talk, paradigm, emphasis; feel- worthy,
understand the- Word, new covenant's provisions; make a-- pilgrimage-,
with- God, a church; grab-; choose-; call for-; know about-; feed--,
fixate-- on-; move--,
operate-- in- grace; drop-,
weigh- anchor; accept- love, help, the truth; bounce back, move
forward, go-- faster,
slower, for it, to- bed, Israel, church; do- less, more, cartwheels;
get-- up, real, busy,
psyched, involved, informed, empowered, into balance, closer to God,
out of God's way,
a- grip, revelation; think- young, positively; renew-, change-,
unblock-, shut off-, make up-
your mind; switch-
to grace, on your brain; stop- trying, thinking, worrying, living by
remembering the past, dwelling on the present; apply- principles, the
bow at an altar, celebrate victory, shatter your past, speak- in
tongues, to your
mountain; wave a- fan, palm branch; reach into heaven, roll away the
the right prayer; come- home, to the living water; claim-
sevenfold restoration, God's Bible promises, humble-, rededicate-
convince yourself- you are righteous; discern Satan's lies, fight the
God is good, Satan is defeated, it is- finished, entirely up to you;
you- are highly
favored, can get what you don't deserve; anger-, rebuke-, put in his
the door on- Satan; be- still, calm, joyful,
active, happy, willing, valiant, seated, grateful, positive, yourself,
transparent, lighthearted, transformed, a Good Samaritan, anxious for
peace with yourself,
filled with the Holy Spirit, settled (cf. 2Ti 3:12 [per contra Col
1:21-23a; 1Pe 5:10]); take--- curricula,
authority, communion, your place, up your bed and walk,
advantage of Jesus' sacrifice, a- brisk walk, stand of faith; the--
plunge, initiative, right- path, steps;
follow- your feelings, the Spirit's directions; call on the Spirit,
ask-; use-; glorify-; remind-; put first-;
lean--, depend-- on-; get alone--, spend time-- with-; cry out--, draw
near--, open the door--, give all
control-- to- God, Jesus, the Spirit; walk in-- the Spirit, God's
stir up God's gift, hear God's word, reap God's promises, dwell in
God's presence, see- yourself
God's way, through Jesus' eyes; realize-, discover-, get hold of- the
Word, God's heart; use your
God-given- gift, faith, tools, rights, ability, permit, birthright,
resources, entitlement, free will, inner
power; trust-, thank-, give it to-, agree with-, stop limiting-, depend
cast all your care on-, see yourself blameless before- God; know--
Jesus, it's a free choice,
God's plan for your intended life accomplishments, your- talents,
identity; Jesus- is present,
has his arms around you; the- ropes, right name of God for the problem;
go to the Father's
house, live in-- God's Sabbath-rest, the- now, kingdom, faith zone; put
on faith- glasses,
blinders; close your eyes, take- God's hand, it to God's legal court;
use- mind science,
a point of contact, power of attorney; plead-, put it under- the blood;
fall into Jesus' arms,
touch the hem of Jesus' garment, behold-; sit with-; focus on-; commune
with-; put in the
center-; abide--, learn who you are--, know your position-- in-; run--,
turn--, give your problems--,
bring every thought captive-- to- Christ; look to- heaven, the cross;
wait for- God to
show up, the clouds to part and a sunbeam to guide you; open your-
give-- up, thanks, it some- time, space; admit defeat, throw in the
control, your life; raise the white flag, rest-, sleep- it off; have--
joy, love, mercy, gratitude,
proper honor, solitary-, childlike-,
big- faith (cf. Mt 17:20); correct understanding, the- desire, right
"spiritual father," different perspective, relationship with God,
of grace; let-- go, it be, it manifest, the river flow, grace happen,
down your defenses,
peace into your soul, the Holy Spirit guide you, God make up for you
Jesus- inside you, dominate
your whole self; cry "Grace, grace" (cf. Zc 4:7), say- "go, amen,
Hosanna, yes and
amen, it is well with my soul, the battle is the Lord's, God- loves me,
will solve it; I--
can, believe, receive, shall have it, lack nothing, must succeed, have
the power, can't
do anything myself, am- free, strong, unable, blessed, redeemed,
beloved child, the righteousness
of God in Christ, redeemed from the curse of the Law"; put it in the
consider it a non-issue, deny-; ignore-; disregard-; forget-; bury-;
will-; live-; say-; take-;
allow-; desire-; inherit-; permit-; claim-; expect-; initiate-;
divorce-; decide-; dream-; picture-;
choose-; release-; imagine-; visualize-; conceive-; prophesy-;
experience-; shrug off-;
pull down-; consent
to-; lay hold of-; let God do-; step out of-; plow through-; name and
claim-; set your mind
to-; verbally confront-; snap--, talk yourself-- out of-; actively--,
drop your problem so
you can open your hands to-- receive-; realize God--- loves you,
already-- did-, gave-,
sees you as having- it (cf. Jn 15:7-8)\"Word of Faith"
(word-faith)\miracles are in the
mouth\your words create
reality\words- have no power, matter less than actions/vow of silence
bigger the problem the easier God's solution\just- let God and Jesus
serve you, leave it-
alone, to the Lord; plug into God's power\turn up the
steroid/pill-popping/junkie/bionic/let go and let God/ignore-, give
God-, God solves-
all problems\cease from all self-effort/never- try, follow through, ask
what you can do
for God but only what God can do for you\quitter/weak-willed/always--
look on the
bright side, judge- by appearances, a book by its cover; trust- dreams,
instincts, impulses, gut feelings, your conscience, conventional
media productions, first impressions
(cf. Pr 28:26), your heart (cf. Jer 17:9; Mt 13:15; Mk
7:21-23)\perception is reality/
what you see is always what you get\all that glitters is
gold/accentuate the positive\
don't worry be happy\he laughs best who laughs last (not
always finish last\only the good die young\the cross has made
you need is love/carpe
diem (exc. as: seize the day)/it is more spiritual to---; you-----
should----, are supposed to---- have sympathy for the devil, wash your
all blame or culpability, always--- smile, laugh, dialogue, compromise,
toss confetti, hate nothing, maximize risk, give a thumbs up, show
accept differences, jump right into things,
turn a blind eye to sin, keep your mouth shut, express yourself freely,
like nothing is wrong, feel good about yourself, brush aside any
stay still and let God move, rub shoulders with everyone, speak words of
honey not vinegar, claim to be without sin (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:1), follow
heart; "see-, hear-, speak- no evil"; love-, embrace-, let go of-,
be cool with- everything; have- no desires, good feelings, statuesque
tranquility; take-- everyone-, everything- at face value; be-- happy,
serene, flexible, positive, uncritical, unfeeling, impulsive,
to pain, relevant to the culture, a- failure, sweetheart, team player;
with-, totally emotionally detached from- your circumstances\turn your
frown upside-down/slaphappy/nothing should ever- bother you,
weigh on your conscience\strength through joy (Nazism)/positive
Christianity (Nazism)\you can--- choose to have only positive--,
empty yourself of all negative-- consciousness, attitudes, thoughts,
possibilities, memories, desires, feelings, moods, percept-, impress-,
opin-, sensat-, emot-ions\no- regrets,
weaknesses, disappointments/too-, over-, hyper-, overly-, excessively-
sensible, discerning, knowledgeable, reasonable, rational, logical,
holy, spiritual, righteous, obedient\light-, lamp- is too bright/color
the lines/little things don't-, dotting your i's and crossing your t's
freethinking/you-- shouldn't-, don't need to- think for
is bliss/sins--, circumstances-- are- irrelevant, only a
new---, risky---, easy---, illogical---, exciting---, different---,
unfamiliar---, multicultural---, supernatural--- is always good or
and the-- old-, ugly-, safe-, boring-, logical-, natural-, difficult-,
familiar-, traditional- is always
evil or inferior\beliefs don't matter\doctrinal differences---, finer
doctrine--- all boil down to-- grace, see-, trust-, confess-ing
Christ-- is every-where, -thing\all-- faiths-, beliefs-, opinions-,
coexist, are equally valid, worship the same God\many paths-, all roads
lead- to God\liberation-, prosperity- theology\plural-,
monerg-, gnostic-, quiet-, dei-, antinomian-, panthe-, positiv-,
nihil-ism\nothingness/ideal---, healthy---, intrinsic--- conflict--,
opposition-- between- truths, doctrines, members of Christ's body
(cf. Mt 12:25; 1Co 1:10)/irrational/reality is an- illusion,
of gray/nothing's black or white/no- facts, absolutes/love--, grace--
smoothes over all the
doctrinal differences, means- everything you touch turns to gold, your
spirit always bats
1.000 (re baseball)\loophole/indifferent/neutrality/situational
ethics\moral relativism\all sins
are equal\being good is just a fable\spiritual-, doctrinal-,
behavioral- standards should always
be loosened rather than tightened\balance out good with evil\might
makes right\all you ever need to
do is-- receive, hang on, show up, come as you are, leave yourself
chained to the chariot,
talk the talk not walk the- talk, walk\you--- have total sanctuary from
the Law, can only come
out smelling like a rose, are- infallible, self-justified,
Teflon-coated, sinless, intrinsically righteous,
beyond reproach (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15), above- criticism, the Law;
no wrong, whatever makes you happy, everything at your leisure, as you-
can't go wrong as long as you don't- think, follow any rules\if it
feels good do it/whatever------
seems good or lively or enjoyable----; pleases or excites the-----
mind----, senses----, emotions----
is--- good--, right-- and whatever doesn't is- bad, wrong, a blessing
\do your own thing/go your own way/nothing- is ever your fault, depends
on what you
do\reck-, heed-less/libertine/softy/let yourself go/anything goes/no
by God\impulsive/suggestible/bite off more than you can chew/wear your
heart on your
sleeve/naked (exc. as: shameful)/nudity (exc. as:
shameful)/unguarded/vulnerable/take the easy way
out/shortcut/cut corners/whatever works/good and evil all- is in the
eye of the beholder,
depends on how you look at it\go along to get along/ends justify the
means\do evil that
good may result\rob Peter to pay Paul/if you can't beat them join
them/what doesn't kill
you makes you stronger/life's only risk is hurt feelings\always ignore-
fear, criticism, warnings,
instructions\throw-- caution-, prudence- to the wind\live- on the edge,
like there's no tomorrow/go out on a limb/cast off all restraint (exc.
idleness, laziness, indulgence, or ignorance ["taught to disregard
Bible doctrine, and rely on the Holy Spirit as their autopilot through
life," "they think
being good is 'no sweat,'" "the truth was
too bright so he 'put the lamp under a bowl'"]; "loosen up," "chill
"do-for-yourself," "tolerance," "permissive," "shortcut," "what doesn't
kill you makes
you stronger" can mean virtue; "repose," "sleep," "rest in peace" can
to the dead in Christ), flow (exc. as: in-; filled--, in fellowship--
with-; led--, live--, moved--,
compelled-- by- the Holy Spirit),
wind/breeze (exc. as: the Holy Spirit), lighter-than-air/helium/in-,
/lifejacket (exc. fig. regarding: indwelling of the Spirit [but not
hot-air balloon or
lifejacket], salvation, freedom, joy)
Right terms and ideas (see also "exc." [exceptions] and "right terms"
mistreat, oppress, dictator/tyrant, legalist, nanny/disciple of- Moses,
Peter (only fig.; sin), lawyer (sin or
arrows, attack/combat/war, torture,
danger/peril, draw-, shrink-
back/retreat, cave in (only fig.; sin or virtue), burden/yoke/take up
your cross/thorn in the
flesh/mountain/giant (usually only fig.),
mirage, blind/myopia (deceived/ignorant),
of/manipulate/mislead, mask/masquerade/disguise, flimflam/bunk,
garbage/dross (only fig.),
(sin or virtue), quench/defy, mean-
-degradation, -defeat, -deception, -absorbed, -
error/blunder/fail, ritualism, idolatry,
foolish/folly/humiliated/defile/defeatist/discouraged/bigot (all free
("sinful" [fig.], or "hell" [lit.]; all free will choices),
(virtue or sin; all free will choices), revival/awaken/alive to God
(all free will choices), clean/wash/dead to
(usually fig.; all free will choices; virtue only),
(not lit.; all free will choices, virtue or sin),
burnout/thin/lean/gluttony/fat/obese (not lit.; all free will choices,
sin only), fasting, temperance,
temperature/thermometer/barometer (only fig.; level of virtue or sin),
lift/uplift/refresh/boost/renovate/overhaul (only fig. as: encourage,
improve, reactivate, inspire, restore;
all free will choices), limit[ation]s ("self-imposed" [sin], or
"impossible without God's help" [not sin]),
mean salvation status;
all free will choices; "lose" can't mean accidental or missing),
lost/wandering/wilderness (virtue [as:
solitude, suffering, trials], or sin [as: wayward, unsaved]),
adversity, scourge/gall (evil or God's punishment; lit. or fig.),
misery, distress/wrench, pain, anguish/affliction/hurt/ache,
sorrow, upset, exasperate, disturbed/cast down/downcast, offend,
vex/torment, wretched (vexed by the sinful nature), heavy/weighed down
(virtue [as: suffer, grieve, mourn,
distress, troubled, anxiety], or sin [as: guilt, worry, punished]),
crisis, troubled, disorder, unbalanced,
darkness, ignorance, desire, thirst/pant/hunger/crave/vacuum
(desire or need; only fig.), resist/struggle/contend/wrestle/stand
power, truth, righteous, reborn/born again (only fig.), pray,
breakthrough, improve, perfectionism (virtue or sin),
manner/lifestyle/habit/routine/custom (virtue or sin),
correct/rebuke/exhort/edify/strengthen/build up, enlighten, inspire,
repent, renew, reactivate, restore
transform, clay (virtue or sin), plow/sow/plant/cultivate/grow (usually
only fig.; only God can be the doer if
is the object ["church planter"]),
/milk/fisherman/fish/feed/nourish (virtue or sin; usually only fig.),
struggle/wash/purify, overwork, sow (virtue or sin; usually only fig.),
reap (reward or punishment; usually only fig.), boat/train/plane
(virtue or sin ["his train's on the wrong
mature/immature/weak, progress, regress (backslide),
positive/Christ-centered (virtue [as: good], or sin [as:
undiscerning, Pollyanna]), negative (sin [as: bad], or virtue [as:
discerning]), live/life, compass (can also
mean faith or the Bible),
upright, pure, spiritual, glad/joy, rejoice, take away (2Co
12:2)/teletransport (Ac 8:39-40)
Review #3: Faithful
Law-Keeping Is Not a Sin
New Testament relates that the
ways of gaining God's favor have changed from the old covenant ways of
priest rituals, and Law-keeping focused on Law and old covenant terms,
new covenant ways of putting faith in Jesus, and Law-keeping focused on
and led by the Holy Spirit. In doing this, the New Testament often
warn strongly against the Law, doing works, and physical circumcision.
isolated passages, most
written by Paul, seem to assert that Christians are "dead to,"
"set free from," or "redeemed from" the Law itself (Mk
2:23-27; Ro 3:19; 7:4,6a; 8:2-4; 10:4-7; 1Co 9:20; Gal 2:19*;
4:3-5,9; 5:1-6; Col 2:20; Ja 2:10-13); and that it has been
"abolished" (Jn 1:17; Ro 3:21,27-28; 4:13-15; 6:14-15; 7:6b; 10:4;
2Co 3:6b-11; 5:17,19; Gal 2:15-21†; 3:9-12*-14,19,23*-25;
5:1,18; Eph 2:14-18;
Phs 3:6b-9a*-b; Col 2:14-15; 1Ti 1:5*; Heb 7:15-18*-22*; 10:1-2,8-9; Ja
many other isolated
passages seem to forsake, repudiate, or condemn doing works (Mt
contra Mk 10:17-18; Lk 18:18-19]; Ro 4:4-5; 9:31-32; 11:6; Gal
4:9-10; 9:13-14*), and physical circumcision (1Co 7:19; Gal
6:12-15; Phs 3:2-9a*-b; Ttus 1:10-14).
closer examination, however,
every one of these isolated passages or its context of surrounding
it clear that Paul was only speaking of the Law, doing works, and
circumcision as references either to the old covenant, or to legalism.
covenant and legalism were infiltrating and misleading the churches,
consisted not only of Gentiles who were falling under these old ways
principles, but also many Jews who had been deeply influenced by and
attachments to them, as Paul had before he became a Christian (Ac 8:1;
22:2-5; Gal 1:13-14; Phs 3:4-6).
specifically, these isolated
passages are actually only:
saying the old covenant was imperfect, or has been abolished
refuting the legalistic misconceptions that Law-keeping is a means of
sufficient righteousness (sanctification), if you do not truly believe
(trust) in the grace of Christ's atonement
God's promises to Israel
exposing and rebuking the utter futility, inadequacy, imperfection, and
mercilessness of living by the Law exclusively, or seeing the Law as
superior to Jesus; and the conceit, egotism, hypocrisy, frustration,
arrogance, superficiality, self-deception, presumptuosness, and slavery
that this produces; which are expressions of not believing and resting
(trusting) in the grace of Christ's atonement
revealing that Christ's atonement is what removes the Law's curse
reframing the ceremonial Law (ritual [e.g., circumcision], dietary,
purification) and civil Law as a nonbinding matter of discretionary
also Mt 5:38-39; 28:20a; Mk 7:15-23; Lk 6:29; Ac 10:9-16; 15:3-4,12-29;
7:13; 14:2-3,5-6; 1Co 8:8; Gal 3:15-18; Col 2:16,20-23 [cf. Ex
31:14-15; 35:2; Lv 7:21,27; 17:13-14; 19:7-8; 24:19-20; Nu 15:32-36; Dt
fact, the New Testament makes it
abundantly clear that all Christians are still subject to the moral Law
criteria (standards) of sin and virtue, and that regardless of their
they must heed their personal duty to obey and keep its commandments,
regulations, and restrictions; and recognize God's authority to judge
accordingly, and must continue to accept, endorse, quote, and promote
vital, useful, and essential to personal Christian faith (Mt 5:17-22;
Mk 10:17-21; Lk 18:18-22; Jn 12:50a*; Ac 5:1-11; 17:29-30; 24:14*; Ro
2:6-11,13*-16; 7:25b*; 11:17-22; 12:17-19; 13:3-4,12-14; 14:10-12; 1Co
5:9-13; 6:15-16,18-19; 7:10-13,19; 8:12-13; 9:21; 10:1-15; 11:28-34;
5:9-10; 6:14; Gal 6:1; Eph 4:21-32; 5:3-7; 6:1-3; Col 3:8-9; 1Th 4:1-8;
5:20,22; 2Ti 2:5; Ja 3:1*; 5:8-9,15-16; 1Pe 1:17; 2:1,11; 4:17-18; 2Pe
1Jn 3:4; 5:2-3,21; Rv 20:12-13).
the new covenant has not
abolished the Law, but rather has retained and "changed" it by making
it part of the "law of Christ" and "law of the Spirit" (Ro
8:2*; 1Co 9:21; Heb 7:11-12,18*-19), as well as by amplifying,
emphasizing it (Mt 5:17-48; Jn 13:34). The establishment of a new
or covenant in the Bible does not negate the truths revealed in
salvation can not be
earned by works, it incorporates works. Developing and maintaining
righteousness (merit, virtue, ethics, morality, holiness, devotion) by
works is not futility or folly. Certain Old and New Testament passages
most clearly and unequivocally that it is a practical necessity, which
continues under the new covenant (Lv 18:4-5; Nu 14:8-11; Dt 4:1-14;
6:1-3,20-25; 10:12-13; 26:16-18; 30:11-20; Josh 1:7-8; Jdg 2:7-23; 1Sm
1Kg 2:1-4,32; 2Ch 31:20-21; 34:31-33; Ne 1:7; 9:29; Ps 1:1-2;
7:8-9; 11:4b-5; 18:20-26; 19:7-14; 24:3-5; 26:2-6; 32:5; 41:1-3,12;
112:1-3; 119:1-176; 125:4-5; 139:23-24; 146:7-8; Pr 2:1-8; 3:1*-2;
6:20-26; 7:2; 10:8,16; 11:5-6,18; 13:21,24; 15:32; 20:11; 22:15;
25:12; 27:5-6; 28:4-26; 29:15,18; Isa 32:17; Jer 8:6-12; 17:9-10*-11;
32:18-19*; 35:1-19; Eze 16:52; 18:23-32; Da 9:9-13; Mi 4:2; 6:8; Mt
5:18-22; 7:4-5,12,21; 10:38,41; 15:11; 16:11-12,24,27; 20:25-27;
23:5-12,23,25-26; 25:14-30; 28:20; Mk 8:34; 9:35; 10:42-45;
Lk 1:6; 3:7-8; 6:31,41-42; 7:44-47a; 9:23; 10:27; 11:5-8*; 13:1-9;
17:1-3a*-4,7-9b*-10b*; 18:1-8,13-14; 19:12-27; 21:1-6; 22:25-26; Jn
6:27-29; 7:24; 9:31; 14:15*-24; 15:7-8,10,18-19; 16:33; Ac 5:1-11,29;
9:16; 10:1-4,22,34-35, 14:22; 17:29-31; 20:28-31; 22:12-15; 23:3-5;
26:20; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15; 3:19b,31; 4:20; 6:16-19; 7:21-25b*; 8:12-14;
11:17-24; 12:1-3,9,16; 14:1 [cf. 14:2,5,10,13-14], 10-12; 1Co 1:10-14
3:18-23]; 2:15; 3:11-17; 5:1-13; 6:4-11,18-19; 8:9-12; 9:24-27;
11:2,28,31-32; 12:26a; 15:34,42-50; 16:13; 2Co 1:6-8,11; 2:5-7; 4:2;
6:4-17; 7:1; 9:3-4; 10:3*-5b*-6b*; 12:19-21; 13:5; Gal 1:10*; 2:11;
5:7-10,13,17,25-26; 6:1b,3-4,7-10; Eph 4:25-28; 5:5-9,11-17; 6:7-8,18;
1:28-30; 2:4,17; 3:2-8,12a,13a,16a,17-20; 4:18; Col 1:24,28-29; 2:5b;
3:2-13a,16-17,23-25; 4:12; 1Th 2:4b; 4:1*-8; 5:17,19-23; 2Th 1:4-8,11a;
1Ti 1:19-20; 3:9-10; 4:7-8,11-12b*-16; 5:9-15,20; 6:3-5,20-21; 2Ti
2:14-15 [cf. 2:2], 20-26; 3:12,15-17; 4:2-5; Ttus 2:4-7*,11-12; 3:8
3:10,14]; Heb 4:11; 5:12; 6:1,12; 10:23-26a*-29,32-36; 11:8-11*,17-19;
13:15-16; Ja 1:2-6,10,12-16,21-27; 2:9-10,14-3:1*-2,13; 4:1-4,7-10,17;
5:8-9,14-16a,19-20; 1Pe 1:6-7,17,22*; 2:1*,11-12; 3:10-13,17; 4:12-19*;
2Pe 1:5-8; 3:13-14,17; 1Jn 1:8-2:1,3-5a; 3:4,7-10,18-20*-24; 5:2-3,21;
5-6,8*-11; 3Jn 11; Jd 20-21; Rv 2:5-6,14-16,20-23; 3:2-3; 9:20-21;
are expressed as faithful and
persistent self-effort, self-awareness, self-appraisal, vigilance,
conscientiousness, consciousness of sin and virtue, making free will
struggling, and striving in order to: be mindful of and heed the moral
learn and recognize right from wrong; identify and face problems and
resist and counteract temptation, intimidation, deception, and the
nature ("the flesh"; KJV); confess and repent of sins; be sanctified
and transformed by renewing your mind; make correct and reasonable
judgments, and decisions; try to be pure, valuable, and acceptable to
serve, please, make costly sacrifices for, and maintain a good
with Him; cooperate with His will, petition Him repeatedly in prayer,
suffering, set a good example, warn against false beliefs and breaking
and walk in love.
10:1-2 is not saying that
Christians should never feel guilt or shame for breaking moral laws
10:3-10; 1Jn 1:7). Properly understood in context, it is saying that
covenant necessity of yearly Temple sacrifices was a reminder of their
insufficiency and short-term effectiveness, in contrast to Jesus'
under the new covenant.
and grace are not mutually exclusive,
nor is their relationship oppositional. The Law is not incompatible
with or in
any way contrary to grace (Ro 7:12-13; Gal 3:21). Grace has not taken
Law, but rather the Law and sin remain the reason for grace (Ro 3:31;
1:13-16). The Law is not incidental to grace, but rather is essential
to it, as
grace is grounded in the morality of the Law (Ro 3:31; 5:15-21;
2:11-12; Jd 4). The Law does not block grace, or curse, defile, kill,
or disqualify when it works together with grace within the context of
Law-keeping and faithful
works never minimize, counteract, or in any way exclude grace, love,
knowledge, spiritual thinking, spiritual guidance, the Word, the Holy
the spirit of the Law, but rather are always in perfect balance and
with them (Mt 12:25,30; Lk 11:17,23; Ro 3:31).
is not a gift merely to be
chosen and received, without actively using it to struggle against
strive to do works and keep the Law. A passage that supposedly says
freed Christians from these things actually only says it has freed them
bondage to sin and death (Ro 7:21-8:6b*-9a*-11 [cf. Ro 7:24b; 8:12-13;
10:12-13; 2Co 1:8-11; 2:4; Ja 1:14-15; 1Pe 2:11]).
other passages also supposedly
advocate passive spirituality by instructing simply to sit, rest,
dwell, or be
settled. These are not actually instructions on how to live in grace,
rather descriptions of what it means to be faithful to God: having
and protection (Ps 91:1-2), being unburdened of worry and legalism (Isa
Mt 11:28-30), having salvation that is secure in heaven (Eph 2:6), and
to keep steadfast in your faith (Col 1:23a).
churches distort the above passages
and ignore their plain, contextual sense to promote a glut of false
and ideas concerning grace and faithful Law-keeping, including these
You must always have a 100% clear and unburdened conscience; and sense
peace, security, and forgiveness (cf. 1Co 10:1-13; 1Jn 3:18-20 [per
5:22; Heb 10:1-2]).
You need an air of royalty (cf. Ps 37:10-11; Mt 5:3-5; 18:4; 20:25-27;
Mk 9:35; 10:42-45; Lk 9:48; 14:7-11; 18:14b; 22:25-26; Eph 4:1-3; Phs
4:6; 1Pe 5:3-6).
Replace your identity with Christ's (cf. Gal 6:4; Phs 2:4; Jd 20-21).
Purge your conscience of old sins (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15; Heb
Address God only as "Father (Abba)," not as "God" (cf. Ro
15:6,30; 2Co 1:3; 13:7; Eph 1:3; 5:20; Phs 4:20; Col 1:3; 3:17; 1Th
1:11; 1Ti 5:5a; 1Pe 1:3).
Don't be transformed by actively renewing your own mind, but only by
receiving a new mind, or letting your heart or "spiritual DNA" be
renewed (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*; 12:2; Ja 1:5-6).
You must say and proclaim "I am the righteousness of God in Christ"
and "my righteousness is done," rather than "Jesus is my
righteousness" (cf. 1Co 1:30-31; 4:3b-5; 2Co 5:21; 10:17-18; 1Jn 1:8)
"I'm supposed to do righteous works" (cf. Eph 4:25; 5:11-17; Heb
Move past the Bible, which is a lovely book but only brings death, to
the true living Word and enlightened revelations of Jesus (cf. Ro 15:4;
3:15-16; Ja 2:8; Jd 3 [per contra 1Co 2:2]).
The unrepentant are your spiritual equals (cf. Gal 6:10).
Don't discern according to the Law or the Bible, but rather by
radiance, popularity, sensations, the Spirit, good vibes, who God is,
opinion, personal magnetism; and visible power, praise, worship, and
(cf. Jn 7:24; Gal 2:6* [per contra 2Co 5:16*; Ja 4:11-12]).
Discern others only by their hearts, motives, and "who they really
are," not by their beliefs or what they do (cf. 1Co 4:3-5).
You must always trust, greet, thank, cheer, affirm, attract, impact,
tolerate, comfort, impress, endorse, encourage, compliment,
believe the best about, cut some slack for, put your arm around, defer
loyal to, invest yourself in, bring out the best in, speak well of, put
yourself in the place of, give liberally to, and give the benefit of
to everyone; and sing, unite, bond, share, honor, debate, partner,
fraternize, cooperate, play well, be family, get along, break bread,
hands, and stand together with them (cf. 2Jn 10-11 [per contra 1Co
4:32; Col 3:12-13; 1Jn 4:7-8,16]).
Recognize, sit under, and submit to all those claiming to have
authority (cf. Ac 4:18-20; 2Co 11:12-15).
Live out your "spiritual kingship" (cf. Eph 4:1-3; 2Ti 2:12; 1Pe
Let go of all your pain, hurts, suffering, and moral rules (cf. Ac
Forget, discard, unthink, subtract, sacrifice, cast out, put away,
shake off, rise
above, cut all ties to, obey the Spirit not, wash your hands of, tear
away from, and build walls between grace and: a) any ABCs of faith
grace, so that you can constantly fixate on reminding yourself of the
elementary principles of grace, and reassuring yourself of your
grace (cf. 1Ti 1:19-20; Heb 6:1-2; 1Jn 3:18-20*-24); b) the Law, your
all your concerns (cf. Dt 4:1-14; Mt 5:17-22; Ac 5:1-11; 17:29-30; Ro
1Co 5:9-13; 6:15-16,18-19; 7:10-13; 8:12-13; 10:1-15; 15:34; Gal 6:1;
4:21-32; 5:3-7; 6:1-3; Col 3:8-9; 1Th 4:1*-8; 1Ti 5:20,22; 2Ti 2:5; 1Pe
2Pe 3:17; 1Jn 3:4; 5:21 [per contra Jn 7:45-52]).
Stop discerning and understanding things by analyzing, reasoning, or
critical faculties, and instead do it only by meditating and clearing
(cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk 12:28-34, Lk 10:27; Ac 17:11 [per contra Pr 3:5-7;
Doctrinal agreement is not necessary (cf. 1Co 1:10).
1 John 1:9 only applies to unbelievers (cf. 1:8,10-2:5).
Hagar represents the Law, not the old covenant (cf. Gal 4:23-24).
"The Fiery Furnace" is only about grace, not keeping the Law (cf. Da
Titus 1:15 actually deems all acts, not ceremonial things, pure (cf.
Eliminating moral rules enables you to live life to the fullest (cf.
Peter erred by following the letter of the new covenant, rather than
(cf. 2Co 3:6; Gal 2).
Noah's favor from God was not due to his personal holiness (devotion)
righteousness (cf. Ge 6:5-13).
Christian growth means less and less competency and self-confidence
4:13; 2Ti 3:15-17; Heb 4:14-16).
Hebrews 9:28 says Christians will not be judged for their sins at
return (cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja 3:1-2; 5:8-9).
A little leaven does not leaven the dough (sinning does not affect
[devotion] or righteousness; cf. 1Co 5:6-8 [per contra Ro 11:29*]).
Whenever you sin, you should only perceive and be pleased about being
righteousness of God in Christ (cf. Ja 4:7-10; 1Jn 1:8-2:1 [per contra
45:24*; Jer 23:6; Ro 3:21-24]).
Being conscious of the Law is the same as eating from the tree of the
of good and evil, instead of the tree of life (cf. Jn 12:50a*; Ac 7:53;
2:9b; Heb 10:16).
"Fear and trembling" (Phs 2:12) can only mean awe, not a warning (cf.
Ac 5:11 [has the same Greek word for "fear"]; Phs 2:3-4; 1Pe 1:14-17
[per contra Isa 26:3; Jer 33:9]).
1 Timothy 1:9 actually means the righteous don't need to act or judge
cognizance of the Law (cf. 1Co 5:6-12; 6:9-10; 10:1-15; 15:33-34*; Heb
[per contra Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*; 14:4; 1Co 4:5]).
Nothing happens unintentionally or by chance (cf. Lv 4; 5:14-19; Nu 15;
35:11,15,22; Dt 4:42; 19:4; 22:8; Josh 20:3,9; Jdg 5:18; 2Sm 17:17; 1Ch
Ecc 9:11-12; Eze 45:20; Ac 15:26; 20:9-10; Phs 2:30*).
Job was afflicted for his self-righteousness, not as a test of faith
1:1-2:10; 42:1-17; his real sin was discouraged, reckless speech once
[3:1-10,25; 9:23; 13:24; 19:11; 33:10; 34:5; 35:15-16; 40:2-8;
Old covenant blessings were all conditional, but new covenant blessings
unconditional (cf. Ne 9:16-35; Ps 116:5-6; 146:7-8; Mt 18:19; Lk 5:17b;
15:7-8,10; Ac 4:29-30; 10:1-4; 1Co 4:8-13; 11:28-34; 12:7-30*; 1Ti
12:1-13; Ja 1:5-8; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19; 1Jn 3:21-24 [per contra Ro
Being "poor in spirit" can not mean suffering for righteousness (cf.
Ps 146:7-8; 1Pe 3:17; 4:16-17).
People only think and do opposite as they're told, warned, instructed,
commanded (cf. Jn 14:15*-24; Ac 17:29-30).
Guilt, anger, regret, and feeling convicted of sin are always evil or
emotions (cf. Ro 6:21; Ja 4:7-10 [per contra Ps 119:165; 2Co 7:10*; Heb
Matthew 5:48* says perfection comes by "being" not "doing"
Matthew 9:13 actually means that all of Jesus' sheep are sick (cf. Mk
Ephesians 1:6*** in Greek says you're already highly blessed (cf.
Hearing, speaking, and believing God's word ("faith") bring life, and
have replaced doing God's word ("Law"), which brings death (cf. Lk
8:15; Ja 1:23-25 [per contra Mt 7:22-23*]).
Ephesians 1:20-21*; 2:6 means you're seated above the Law's, not
authority (cf. 6:12).
Isaiah 9:6 refers to the Law, not government (cf. 9:7).
Acts 10:28 says nobody is impure or unclean (cf. Mt 15:11).
Philippians 2:3*** doesn't actually say to prioritize others' needs
but rather not to compete to be righteous (cf. 2:4; Pr 27:17; 1Co
Faith is only concerned with seeing and knowing Jesus, not doing works
2:7,9-10,13-15; Ja 2:17,22 [per contra Lv 13:12-13; Ecc 1:14; Mt
Romans 3:19a says only Jews are subject to the Law (cf. 19b).
Romans 8:15 refers to dread of God, not bondage to sin (cf. 7:21-8:14).
Christians are not supposed to repent to be healed (cf. Heb 12:13; Ja
Christians never need to increase their faith in order to build up
righteousness (cf. Ro 15:1-2; 2Co 12:19-21).
Christians only have an unrenewed mind and body to choose to renew, not
persisting sinful nature and fleshly temptations to deal with (cf. 1Ch
Ro 6:16-22; 7:25; 8:12-13; 13:12-14; 1Co 10:12-13; Gal 6:1b; 2Ti 2:22;
1:14-15; 4:1-4; 1Pe 2:11 [per contra Jn 15:3; Ac 15:9; Ro
8:10-11; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:17; Heb 10:1-2; 1Pe 2:24*]).
Loving others isn't about doing good to them (cf. Lk 6:27).
Righteous people in the Bible always exalted, glorified, and spoke well
grace, but never the Law or observing it (cf. Ps 119:1-176; Ac
Sin and evil are non-issues for Christians (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:1a,3-5a [per
Repenting only means turning to God not away from sin, and is only
a decision for serving God not against doing evil (cf. Mt 3:7-8; Lk
13:1-9; Ac 8:22; 17:29-31; 26:20; 2Co 12:21; Heb 6:1; Rv 2:21-22;
No sin is worse than another sin (cf. Mt 23:14*; Mk 12:40; Lk 12:47-48;
No Christian is responsible for their sins (cf. Ja 3:1-2).
Christian is more holy or righteous than another (cf. 1Co 3:11-17; Gal
5:16; Rv 2-3 [see also 1Kg 2:32; Eze 16:52]).
God's relationship with you is never active (responsive) based on what
but only passive based on being "settled" (Col 1:23a; KJV) in what
Christ already did (cf. Ps 66:17-19; Pr 28:9; Jn 6:27-29; 9:31; Col
3:22; Rv 2:5,16,22; 3:3 [per contra Jn 6:28-29; Ro 8:32-33*; Eph 2:6;
Col 1:21-23a; 2:6-7; 1Pe 5:10; 1Jn 4:17*]).
What should be the only foundation and important thing you need to be
your spiritual life is dedicating yourself to celebrating, enjoying
experiencing God, and habitually going off into His presence (cf. 139:7-10; 140:13*; Heb 9:24).
Holiness comes by hearing the Word, not by learning, believing, or
(cf. Pr 4:20 [per contra Mt 7:22-23*]).
Peter often spoke from conceit, egotism, smugness, arrogance, and
self-righteousness; not uneasiness, unsophistication, inept loyalty,
of self-control (cf. Mt 16:22-23; 17:4a-b*-7; 26:33-35; Mk 8:32-33;
14:29-31; Lk 9:33-34; 22:33-34; Jn 13:8-10,37-38).
Conscientiousness, self-effort, and self-righteousness are the only
and are always your pretending; and are rooted in your jealousy,
backsliding, and "spiritual damage"; and are symbolized in the Bible
by working, fig leaves, and hands—which would mean laying on of
hands is evil
(cf. Ps 24:3-5; 1Co 4:12; Eph 4:28; 1Th 4:11; 2Ti 1:6).
If you try to preserve your life, you lose it (cf. Mt 10:23; Mk
If you accept Jesus then you are Jesus, not merely part of him (cf. Mk
13:21-22; Ro 8:1; 1Co 12:12-27 [per contra Gal 2:20]).
Breaking the moral law is never a moral issue, but always only ignorant
innocent; an illness, weakness, or quirkiness; or merely stupidity,
or outward appearance; or an accident, addiction, idiosyncracy,
identity crisis, naive lamb going astray, immaterial insult to the
grace, mystery of how God uses people to do His work, or cry for help
(cf. Ro 1:18-32; 1Co 5:9-13; 2Pe 2:1-22; Jd 7-15*-19 [per contra Jd
John 1:17 actually says that grace and truth exclude the Law, and that
contrary to the Law in principle, and is only on the side of grace not
(cf. Ps 119:29-32; Isa 59:12-15; Da 9:9-13; Ro 2:2-3,6-11; 1Co 5:1-13;
5:7-10; Eph 4:21-32; 5:5-9; Ja 5:19-20; 1Jn 2:3-5a).
John 12:32 in Greek means Christians can't lose their blessings by
Law (cf. Ro 11:17-22; 13:4; 1Co 3:11-17; 10:1-13).
John 15:15 means you're not supposed to be Jesus' slave/servant (cf.
Phs 1:1 [the same Greek word for slave/servant is in all 3 verses; per
Nobody is ever to be blamed or judged for committing sins, except Adam
(cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 13:5b*; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja 1:14-15; 3:1-2;
[per contra Ro 5:19; Eph 2:1-3]).
Nobody can repent by free will (cf. 1Co 10:13), or do anything to tame
tongue (cf. Ps 34:12-13; Pr 10:19; 21:23; Ja 3:1-2).
Nobody can keep the Law perfectly, so nobody should try to keep it at
Heb 12:1-13; Ja 3:1*-2 [per contra Isa 64:6; Ro 3:23-24; Ja 2:10]).
All who believe Jesus is the Son of God are saved (cf. Ja 2:19).
All suffering and enjoyment is a choice (cf. Ac 9:16).
All anyone can offer God is sin, worry, nothing, and wretchedness; and
good works are evil unless you're a Christian (cf. Mt 7:11; Lk 8:15;
10:1-4,22,34-35; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15 [per contra Ecc 1:14; Isa 64:6]).
Faith, integrity, learning, holiness, believing, character, obedience,
justification, sanctification, reconciliation, righteousness, God's
living by faith, serving the Lord, doing good deeds, abiding in the
walking in the light, commitment to God, the fruit of the spirit,
with God, cooperating with God, embracing God's word, and spiritual
warfare: a) just happen to you through "spiritual formation," and
only require a reminder of who you are in Christ (cf. 2Th 3:14), and
getting closer to Jesus (cf. Mt 14:25-31); b) are 100% free, reflexive,
foolproof, automatic, involuntary, spontaneous, a birthright, birthed
a byproduct of faith, the result of your sin not your virtue, and an
unconditional gift (cf. Lk 14:25-33; Ro 11:22; Ja 2:24 [per contra Mt
15:3-7; Jn 16:8,10; Ac 15:9; Ro 3:21-24; 5:17; 1Co 1:30; Phs 2:13; 1Jn
4:9-10]); c) are mindless, effortless, and something you allow, permit,
experience, fall into, and to which you awaken (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk
Lk 10:27; 2Pe 1:5-8 [per contra Mt 6:26-29; Lk 12:24-27]).
Guilt, logic, works, regret, shame, criticism, self-effort, discretion,
contrition, reasoning, self-discipline, determination, the mind, your
trying harder, human striving, personal ability, confessing sins,
blame, awareness of sin, giving of yourself, your performance, or
Biblical Law and morality to your life: a) is evil, filth, futile,
carnal, idolatry, negative, transient, temporal, judgmental,
for naught, only condemnatory, the mark of a fallen Christian, 100%
and 0% your spirit, a sure sign that you are in dire lack and need of
professing yourself to be wise but becoming a fool (cf. 1Ti 6:18-19);
voids, denies, lessens, negates, opposes, and is contrary to and
with faith, grace, holiness, discernment, selflessness, righteousness,
spiritual gifts, the Christian walk, and Jesus' finished work (cf. Mt
24:16; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15; 8:12-13; 1Co 6:5; 9:24-27; 15:34; Gal 2:11;
Ja 2:14-3:1*-2; 1Jn 1:8-2:1 [per contra Ps 73:13-14; 91:1; Pr 3:5; Isa
11:28-30; Jn 19:30a; Ro 3:21-24; 6:21; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co
5:21; Eph 1:3; 2:6; Phs 2:13; 3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th
4:19*; 5:10; 2Pe 3:18; 1Jn 1:9]).
There is no moral Law in love, faith, training, holiness, character,
sanctification, righteousness, transformation, the gospel, spiritual
discipline, submission to God, or living by faith (cf. Gal 5:6).
It is more blessed to receive than to give (cf. Ac 20:35).
It is only possible to exaggerate, overestimate, make an idol of, and
Pharisaic (smug, formulaic, preoccupied, self-righteous, presumptuous)
the Law, not grace (cf. Col 2:18; Ja 2:20-24; 1Jn 1:8-2:1,3-5a; Jd 4).
It is impossible for anyone to: a) willingly live righteously like
their own ability (cf. Ac 10:1-4,22,34-35); b) grow or weaken in faith
22:32 ; Ro 15:1-2; 2Co 12:19-21; Jd 20-21; Rv 3:2-3); c) veer from the
way (cf. 2Pe 2:15).
Paul never told any Christians to "do" things in order to be
spiritual, but only to "be" spiritual (cf. Eph 6:5-8; Ttus 3:8,14).
Paul never promoted apologizing, saying you're sorry, asking for
or a lifelong confessing and renouncing of personal sins by Christians
23:3-5; 24:16; Ro 7:21-25; 1Co 5:1-2; 2Co 4:2; Phs 3:2-8 [see also Pr
17:3-4; Ja 5:16a; 1Jn 1:8-2:1]).
Paul never promoted guilt, shame, or a lifelong repenting of personal
Christians (cf. 1Co 1:10-12 [cf. 3:18-23]; 3:1-3; 5:1-2; 6:5-10; 14:20;
2Co 2:5-7; 12:19-21; Gal 2:11-14; Col 3:1-13a; 2Th 3:14; Ttus 3:10 [see
11:20-24; Mk 6:12; Lk 13:3,5]).
Paul never warned, judged, shamed, rebuked, accused, or excluded others
their actions or beliefs, but only for their sin-consciousness and
Law-consciousness (cf. 1Co 3:1-3; 4:14; 6:5-10; 14:20; 15:34; 2Co
2:11-14; 1Th 4:3-6; 2Th 3:14; 1Ti 1:20 [cf. Mt 18:15-17]).
Love, faith, truth, grace, Jesus, fellowship, repentance, Christianity,
gospel are all about indulging in life (Lk 9:23), going with the flow
2:15; Eph 4:14; 1Th 5:21), getting something for nothing (cf. Lk
total unconditionality (cf. Ro 11:22; 1Co 1:10; Gal 6:9), and enjoyment
10:35-38; Lk 14:26-27; 2Co 1:8-11; 6:4-10; 2Th 1:4-8; 2Ti 4:5; Heb
4:8-9; 1Pe 3:17; 4:16-17); not about tough love, enduring trials,
choices, pursuing holiness, morals and ethics, carrying your cross,
with God, competing in the race, making improvements, taking strong
stands, walking in the steps of the faith, or addressing issues and
Your heart is the center of revelation (cf. Ac 17:11-12).
Your sacrifices are not actually your own sacrificial offerings (cf. Mk
12:41-13:2; Lk 21:1-6; Ro 12:1).
Your foes, enemies, and adversaries can never be people, but only Satan
demons (cf. Mt 5:25,44; 10:34-36; Lk 6:27,35; 12:58; 21:15-17; Ro
Your relationship with God and Jesus does not depend on your morality
performance, but only on emptying yourself and losing your own identity
5:18-22; 19:17-21; 22:36-40; 28:20; Mk 12:28-34; Jn 14:15*-24; 15:10;
Ja 2:14-26; 2Pe 1:5-8; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; Rv 2:23 [per contra Pr 16:6*; Ro
5:8; 6:23; 1Co 15:9-10; Gal 2:6*,21*; Phs 2:13; 3:6b-9a*-b; Col 2:6-7]).
Your faith isn't partly a product of your free will, and is already
irreversibly strong, and perfectly equal with all others' (cf. Ro 4:20;
12:3,6*; 14:1-2; 1Co 12:9; 2Co 10:15b; 1Th 3:10; Ja 3:1*; 5:8-9; 2Pe
Your spiritual responsibility is not to do or strive, but only to
experience unconditional grace (cf. Jn 3:27; 14:15*-24; Ac 20:35; 2Co
4:1*-8; 2Ti 2:15,20-22; Heb 10:23-26a*-29; 11:8-11*; Ja 1:5-6; 1Jn
3:22; 2Jn 8*
[per contra Jn 1:16; 16:24; 20:22; Ac 1:8; Ro 5:17; 15:7; 1Co 2:12; 2Co
Your holiness, performance, and personal righteousness are "caught,"
but your healing is taught (cf. 1Co 12:28-29; 2Ti 3:14-17; Heb 5:12).
Your true value, worth, identity, blessing, standing, holiness, and
righteousness are only gifts, which you actively take by effortless
Ac 14:22; 3Jn 11).
Your spirit can be diseased and damaged (cf. 1Co 4:11-13; 2Co 1:4;
7:5-6; Heb 12:3; 1Pe 2:19-23; 5:8-9), nevertheless is 100%, totally,
absolutely, and thoroughly holy, clean, flawless, spotless, righteous,
discerning, eternally sinless, and identical to Jesus' spirit (cf. 1Ch
Mk 7:15-23; Ro 11:17-22; 1Co 3:14-15; 2Co 7:1; 11:4; 12:18b; Col 4:12;
2:20-22; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; 4:1-6 [per contra Ps 103:12; Pr 3:5; Jer 23:6;
5:39-40; 7:24; 15:3; Ac 15:9; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:7,21; Eph 1:4; 2:6; 1Ti
1:3*; 10:1-2,14; 1Pe 2:24*; 1Jn 3:9; 4:17; 2Jn 1-2]).
The Law and self-righteousness, rather than sinfulness, are the only
separating man from God (cf. Isa 59:2).
The Law leads the unsaved to Christ and salvation, but the saved away
to Satan and destruction (cf. Mt 12:25; Lk 11:17).
The Law must be suppressed and kept in the closet (cf. Mt 5:17-22; 2Ti
The Law always makes you feel bad about yourself, and gives you a sense
being condemned (cf. 1Co 4:3-4; 2Co 9:3-4; Gal 6:3-4; 1Jn 3:18-20).
The Law veils, ruins, nixes, voids, blocks, dilutes, erodes, drowns,
stymies, cancels, hinders, nullifies, disrupts, defaces, restricts,
shatters, reduces, opposes, crucifies, subverts, impedes, replaces,
prevents, removes, weakens, excludes, obscures, damages, preempts,
precludes, enfeebles, undercuts, dissipates, contradicts, adulterates,
suppresses, counteracts, marginalizes, walls off, stops dead, detracts
takes a toll on, interferes with, deprives you of, exalts itself over,
the way of, and can't work together with: a) God's grace and glory (cf.
5:20); b) receiving from God (cf. Dt 28:1-14); c) the Holy Spirit's
Ro 8:4; Eph 6:17).
The Law has no wisdom for daily life (cf. Dt 4:1-6; Ps 19:7-14; 119:98;
10:8; 29:3; 1Co 10:1-15; Eph 5:11-17).
The Law was promoted by angels (Gal 3:19; Ac 7:53), but now is promoted
The Law was only a temporary, interim revelation (cf. Heb 10:16 [per
5:18; Jn 19:30a]).
The Law was a tutor which no longer abides in your house or heart (cf.
8:34-35; 2Ti 3:16; Heb 10:16 [per contra Gal 3:25]).
The Law kills, robs, gags, mars, fillets, binds, beats, blinds, taunts,
sullies, harms, drains, blocks, biases, teases, defiles, derails,
judges, diverts, dooms, tempts, inhibits, chokes, divides, entices,
freezes, hinders, defeats, sickens, pollutes, cripples, crushes,
enrages, corrupts, accuses, destroys, deadens, shackles, sidelines,
enslaves, deceives, exhausts, strangles, castrates, scourges, ensnares,
damages, degrades, paralyzes, disorients, brutalizes, imprisons,
victimizes, squelches, debilitates, misdirects, handicaps, tyrannizes,
condemns, diminishes, subjugates, hamstrings, dehydrates, disqualifies,
demolishes, overpowers, discourages, demoralizes, desensitizes,
overburdens, extinguishes, monopolizes, incapacitates, dehumanizes,
shortchanges, contaminates, disenfranchises, trips up, wears out,
eats away at, puts in bondage, makes mincemeat of, oppressess,
overstresses: a) you; b) Christians; c) the world; d) the Church; e)
spirit, heart, identity, humanity, self-esteem, personhood, and
The Law makes you impure, but grace makes you pure (cf. Ja 4:7-10).
The Law only commands, operates on, and should be in your flesh and
in your mind, spirit, or consciousness (cf. Mt 7:14-23; Lk 12:47-48; Ro
1Co 5:6-12; 6:9-10; 10:1-15; 15:33-34*; Eph 4:17-18†-19; 5:5-17;
1Ti 3:2-3; 2Ti 3:14-17; Ttus 2:12; Heb 5:12-14†; 10:16; Ja
4:4,17; 1Jn 2:3-6; Jd 3-7 [per contra Phm 6*]).
The Law only brings you to despair of keeping the Law, which causes
irresistible acceptance of Christ (cf. Mk 10:17-23).
The Law is unprofitable (useless, unhelpful, detrimental) for doctrine,
reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (cf. 2Ti 3:16).
The Law is not connected with grace (cf. Ps 119:29), or mercy (cf. Ex
The Law is the Word with no Spirit (cf. Jn 17:17b; 1Jn 5:6).
The Law is only supposed to be kept by God, not people (cf. Ja
2:9-10,14-3:1*-2; 1Jn 2:3-6; 5:2-3).
Adam's disobedience (cf. Ro 5:19a) makes you utterly dead and powerless
repent, better yourself, resist the flesh, do or choose any good; b) do
anything to train your mind, crucify your flesh, clean up your act,
godliness, or position yourself favorably; c) earn any love, value, or
d) fix, help, better, change, sanctify, manage, improve, transform,
out, or keep in check anyone, anything, yourself, or your walk, spirit,
mouth, conduct, behavior, character, or circumstances; e) help, serve,
be right with, or keep the favor of God; or stay loyal, close, or
Him (cf. Ac 10:1-4; Ja 3:2).
Jesus plus nothing equals the gospel (cf. Ja 2:14-3:1*-2,13).
Jesus used hyperbole, symbolism, and double meanings to imply that the
commands are excessively difficult to obey, and are inferior to his
which have replaced them (cf. Mt 5:29-30; 6:28-34; 7:1-5; Jn 2:7-11;
Jesus didn't require Peter to make any effort to receive his money
Jesus was always happy, relaxed, sociable, palsy-walsy, and easy to get
with (cf. Mt 10:11-16,34-37; 16:24; 18:17; 21:12; Mk 8:34; Lk 3:7;
14:26-27; Jn 8:59).
Jesus isn't a judge (cf. Ac 10:42; Jd 15).
Jesus never stressed doing your faith, not just saying it (cf. Mt 7:21).
Jesus never judged those who rejected the gospel (cf. Mt 10:14-15; Lk
Jesus never approved of being regarded as Teacher (Mt 22:36-40;
Jesus never taught, preached, or commanded: a) to repent (cf. Mt 4:17;
Mk 1:15; 6:12; Lk 5:32; 17:1-4; 24:45-47; Jn 5:14; 8:11*); b) to obey
rules, or how to live or behave, but simply how to believe in and see
yourself, and the glory (cf. Mt 5:17-22,27-44; 22:29,36-40; 24:45-51;
6:46-49; 12:16-20; 13:22-27; Jn 7:24; Ac 1:1-2).
God, Jesus, and Paul never gave warnings or negative commands to
Mt 17:9; 23:3b; Mk 9:9; Lk 12:4-7; Jn 7:24; Ac 17:29-30; 20:31; Ro
1Co 14:20; Eph 4:26-31; 5:11-17).
Anger, tough love, discerning faults, preaching on hell, laying down
righteous indignation, warning, judging, shaming, rebuking,
correcting, upbraiding, scrutinizing, and admonishing always nags,
curses, argues, corrupts, schemes, alienates, damages, backfires,
sidetracks, misquotes, obfuscates, lashes out, robs dignity, empowers
faces backward, poisons the well, counteracts grace, muddies the water,
relationships, boomerangs on you, blows up in your face, grieves the
Spirit, gives place to the devil, means you have an evil spirit, curses
image of God in others, requires prefacing assurances of
the gospel, misrepresents God, diverts everyone away from God (cf. Pr
Gal 2:11; Eph 4:26; 1Th 5:19-22; 1Ti 5:20; 2Ti 4:2-3; Ttus 3:10), and
failure to set your mind on things above (cf. Col 3:2-13a).
Grace, the cross, God's love, and Jesus' atonement have: a) solved the
problem (cf. Gal 6:1b; 1Pe 2:11); b) mean you should act like you've
sinned (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:5); c) had no power under the old covenant just
Law has no power under the new covenant (cf. Mt 25:34; Rv 13:8*); d) by
themselves spell out the whole faith and entire gospel (cf. 2Ti
make your life go smoothly (cf. Ac 9:15; 27:7-44; 2Co 6:4-5; Ja 3:2
Ps 27:11*; Isa 26:7*; 42:16b*; 45:2]); f) mean you can't reap your
wickedness, or the whirlwind (cf. Gal 6:7-10); g) have put all
the same level of spiritual maturity (cf. Eph 4:11-13; Heb 5:12-6:3);
h) are as
free and universal as gravity (cf. 1Pe 4:18); i) walk your upright
the plank out of your eye, and do all your perfecting and transforming
without any effort on your part (cf. Phs 3:12a; Col 1:28-29); j) have
excluded, eliminated, disposed of, and liberated you from any shame
6:21) or moral rules including the golden rule (cf. Mt 7:12).
God disapproves of conscientious people (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 2:7,13-15).
God changed His original plan and replaced kind grace with cruel Law to
the Israelites' self-righteousness and condemn them (cf. Ex 16; 19:4-9;
God washed you clean of all your sinning so you don't have to work at
2Ti 2:20-22; Ja 4:8 [per contra Ac 15:9]).
God sees no, forgets all, and has already judged all guilt, sinning,
falsehood (cf. Ac 5:1-11).
God actually only sees, tests, praises, and rewards His own faith and
righteousness, not yours (cf. Ge 22:12,18; Pr 13:21; Heb 11:17-19 [per
God does not regulate the world based on the Law (cf. Ps 2:10-12a*-b;
God does not examine your heart or mind (cf. 1Sm 16:7; Ps 26:2-6;
Jer 17:10; Lk 16:15).
God only approves never disapproves of you (cf. 1Co 10:1-13).
God never changes His good opinion of Christians (cf. Rv 2-3).
God never gave any negative command to Adam and Eve (cf. Ge 2:17).
God never deals with Christians based on works (cf. Ps 7:8-9; 1Co
4:17-18; Rv 2-3).
God never rejected or punished people for their sins before He gave the
(cf. Ge 6:5-17; 18:20-19:26).
God never wanted anyone to think about the Law, or expected them to
successfully (cf. Ex 20:20; Dt 26:16-18; 30:11-20).
God never takes away from people or curses them, only the Law does (cf.
14:18,26-35; Dt 32:39; 2Sm 12:13-18; Job 1:21-22; Rv 2:20-23).
God never holds Christians in disfavor, or punishes or judges them for
sins (cf. Ro 11:17-22; 1Co 3:11-17; 11:28-34; 1Th 4:3-6; Heb 12:5-11;
5:8-9; 1Pe 1:17; 4:17-18 [per contra Isa 54:9; 1Jn 4:8b]).
God never intended for Christians to struggle against their sinful
only to choose to have faith in grace; and thus let grace, the Word,
the anointing, God's work, resting and receiving, and the Holy Spirit's
take care of it (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 8:12-13; 1Co 10:12-13; Gal 6:1b; Col
Ja 4:1-4; 1Pe 2:11; 5:5 [per contra Ps 91:1; Isa 26:3; Mt
11:28-30; Jn 19:30a;
Ro 3:21-24; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co 1:4-8; 2Co 5:21; Eph 1:3; 2:6;
3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th 5:24; 1Pe 4:19*; 5:10; 2Pe
God only draws a dividing line between grace and faithful Law-keepers.
the only ones who He excludes, segregates from the sheep, and loves
the righteous. God is not friends with, did not make heaven for, and
admit, welcome in, or unite or commune with them; but rather the liars,
goats, wolves, sinners, pagans, ungodly, evildoers, reprobates,
lawbreakers, transgressors, bad people; spiritual dregs, riffraff,
enemies, weaklings, train wrecks, or deniers of Jesus; wicked or
and anyone else claiming to be a Christian (cf. Mal 2:17; 1Co 6:9-10;
[per contra Mt 9:10-13; Mk 2:15-17; Lk 5:29-32; 1Co 1:26-27]).
God has made all faith, healing, blessings, deliverance, spiritual
spiritual power freely and equally available by grace to each Christian
1Ti 5:23; Ac 4:29-30; 8:14-16; Ro 12:3; 1Co 4:11; 12:28*-31*; 2Co
6:18; Phs 2:25-27; 4:6; 2Th 3:1-2; 1Ti 2:1; Ja 1:5-8; 4:13-15; 5:13-16;
[per contra 1Pe 2:24-25b*]).
God wants you to love, obey, and dwell in Him and His Word, but not His
1:1-2; 119:1-176; 1Jn 5:2-3).
God only wants there to be rest, grace, praise, festivity, surrender,
submission, relationship, and communion; not Law or obeying it (cf. Nu
1Sm 12:14-25; Ps 19:7-14; Jer 8:6-12; 18:7-9; Jn 14:15*-24; 1Pe
5:2-3; 2Jn 5-6 [per contra Eph 1:3; 2:6]).
True sinning is actually observing the Law, not breaking it (cf. 1Jn
True forgiveness, holiness, righteousness, love, faith, virtue, peace,
morality, character, obedience, repentance, and Biblical knowledge can
received, can not be learned or expressed under the Law, and are things
just come to you; and never come by trying but only unconsciously as a
benefit by accident and not trying (cf. 2Pe 1:5-8); and are automatic,
inadvertant, and things you already have, and do not need to prove or
demonstrate to God (cf. Lk 5:18-20; Jn 6:27-29; 9:31; 15:10; Col 2:5b;
1:5-8; 1Jn 3:22; Rv 2:5,16,22 [per contra Ro 3:21-24; 5:17]).
True Christians are never the object of God's evaluation, anger,
chastisement, punishment, or judgment, since these are the same as
would mean God isn't good (cf. Ro 13:4).
The Pharisees observed the Law conscientiously and correctly, but this
their big mistake (cf. Mt 23:1-14*-35; Lk 11:39-52).
The difference between right and wrong is as insignificant as between
unclean food, or fine and shabby apparel (cf. Ja 2:1-6).
The stories of the rich ruler (Lk 18:18-30) and Zacchaeus (Lk 19:1-10)
that the test of faith is only about choosing Jesus and to let God do
everything for you, not about resolving to do good works (cf. Lk
Early Christians had no awareness of sins, and did not expect gentile
Christians to know or keep the Law (cf. Ac 15:13-24b*-31).
The fire, smoke, thunder, and lightning on Mt. Sinai signify that God's
revelation of the Law to the Israelites was actually Him cursing and
them in bondage (cf. Ex 19-20; Dt 26:16-18 [per contra Ne 10:29; Heb
The New Testament only instructs Christians to believe they are good
Christians, not to do works or keep the Law in order to be good
The grand struggles of life are never good vs. evil, flesh vs. spirit,
vs. wrong; but instead only grace vs. Law, positive vs. negative,
vs. individual duty, celebrating victory vs. defeatism, focusing on
addressing issues, and God's responsibility vs. individual
Gal 6:8-9; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 1:12-15).
The only true Laws or commands God gives Christians are not moral ones,
are impossible to keep, but spiritual ones which they can always obey
perfectly: sit, rest, sow, give, reap, unite, share, submit, believe,
hold on, enjoy life, feel good, don't worry, slay Goliath, go to
rejoice always, look like Jesus, study the Bible, praise the Lord,
others, live your dream, stand in the gap, hear God's word, simplify
expect a miracle, forget your cares, indulge your spirit, get right
make a difference, plan your finances, tear down the walls, eliminate
religion, conquer all problems, reflect God's holiness, stop trying to
live happily ever after, use your spiritual gifts, stay connected to
believe you're forgiven, change your self-image, maintain Jesus'
achieve your full potential, remember you're cleansed, cease from your
effort, pay no mind to your problems, put all others' interests above
fully appreciate how much God loves you, properly follow the rules for
receiving grace by faith, experience the privileged existence of being
eradicate all consciousness of sin and Law yet recognize that there is
thing as a good person, love yourself, love one another, have
enough faith, walk in God's power, walk in the light, walk in the
thanks, give yourself away, give your heart to Jesus, know God's love,
God's plan for your intended life accomplishments, use grace, rely on
have a conviction of grace, run to the throne of grace, let not your
troubled, shift into higher status positions, let the Holy Spirit give
perfect understanding, let God be God, let God be intimiate with you,
make all your decisions, let God empower you to live righteously, never
never doubt, never mix religion and politics, never have any shame or
never perform any religious works, never try to win, never try to make
turn out well, never try to better yourself or your circumstances, be
be positive, be blessed, be confident, be promoted, be energized, be
be conscious of God, be in God's presence, be anxious for nothing, be
to the culture, be who God created you to be, be more spiritual, be
liberated, do life, do the work of God, do business with God, do not
Law consciously, do a balancing act between faith and grace, do your
your work, do your utmost for everyone else and nothing for yourself
The more you are conscious of sin, judgment, the Law, or individual
righteousness, the more like a Pharisee you are, the less faith you
the less holy and spiritual you are (cf. re John the Baptist: Mt
11:7-14,18; 17:12-13; 21:32; Mk 1:7,9; 6:18,20; Lk 1:15; Lk
3:7-9,12-14,16-17,19; 7:24-28,33; Jn 1:26-27; 5:35; Ac 13:25 [per
You never need to forgive in order to be forgiven yourself (cf. Mt
You have no part in and deserve no credit for your works, holiness,
righteousness, or sanctification (cf. Dt 6:20-25; Gal 6:3-4 [per contra
1:14; Isa 64:6; Jer 23:6; Ro 3:23-24; 5:17; Ja 2:10]).
You can never find God, He can only find you (cf. Ac 17:27).
You can never turn away from sin, but only to God (cf. Jn 5:14; Ja
You have a crown of glory (cf. 1Pe 5:4), and righteousness (cf. 2Ti
You have no independent abilities (cf. Mt 22:36-40; 25:14-30; Ja 3:2
contra Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*]).
You must not do anything except believe that you must not do anything
believe in Jesus (cf. Ja 2:27).
You must believe only in grace, not the Law (cf. Ac 17:29-30; Ro
3:11-17; 5:9-13; 6:18-19; 7:10-13,19; 10:1-15; 2Co 5:9-10; Eph 4:21-32;
1Ti 5:20; 2Ti 2:5; 2Pe 3:17; 1Jn 3:4; 5:2-3,21).
Never allow your discerning to be anything that in any way comes
and others, limits your relationships with them, or causes you to
fellowship with, or establish lines, walls, or fences between you and
1Co 5:9-11; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 10-11).
You are "as Jesus is," thus making you sinless, and above any
reproach or criticism (cf. Heb 4:15; 1Pe 4:17 [per contra 1Jn 4:17*]).
You are already maximally sanctified (cf. 1Th 5:23).
Believe the whole living New Testament, except the dead parts from the
You should bow the knee and submit (be subject) to God, and to Jesus as
Lord, but must never feel, fear, or think that you have any duty or
to obey or please them (cf. Jn 5:44; Ac 5:29; Eph 6:5-8; Phs 2:17; Col
1Pe 2:13-15; 5:3-5 [1Pe 2:13; 5:5 have the same Greek word for
"submit" as Lk 2:48-51; Ro 13:1]; 1Jn 2:3-5a; 5:2-3 [per contra Ecc
1:14; Jn 19:30a; 1Pe 5:2*]).
You should always agree with your enemy (cf. 1Ti 6:3-7; 2Ti 2:23-26;
Ttus 3:10-11 [per contra Mt 5:25*]).
You can always have a clear conscience, even if you don't repent (cf.
Faithful Law-keeping only makes Christians want to be Jews, not vice
You should always think and be confident that you are standing firmly
never fall from grace (cf. 1Co 10:1-13; 2Pe 3:17).
You should only set spiritual not moral boundaries (cf. 1Co 5:1-13).
Always trust and live by your heart, not your mind; and never guard
(cf. Pr 4:20-26; Jer 17:9; Mal 2:15b-16; Mt 13:15; Mk 7:21-23; 1Co 4:5;
Worship and serve only in your "perfect" spirit, not your
"imperfect" mind, soul, body, or flesh (cf. Mt 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lk
10:27; Jn 4:22-24; 1Co 14:14-19; 2Co 2:13-14; Col 1:28; Ja 3:2b; 1Jn
Never separate yourself from others (cf. 2Co 6:15-17).
Never doubt your ability to deal with any problem (cf. Mt 10:23; Ro
Never give it your all, or do everything you can (cf. Ac 24:16; Mt
Never hate anything consciously (cf. Pr 8:13; Ro 12:9; Rv 2:6 [per
Never imitate anyone except Jesus as a role model (cf. 1Co 11:1; Phs
1Th 1:6; 1Ti 4:11-12b*-13; Ttus 2:6-7).
Never hurry or act quickly (cf. Lk 1:39; 15:20,22*; 19:5-6; Ac 12:7;
20:16; 22:18; 2Ti 4:9 [per contra 1Co 13:4a; 1Ti 5:22]).
Never beseech or plead to God (cf. Mt 9:27; 15:22-28; 17:15; 20:30-34;
7:25-30; 10:46-51; Lk 9:38-42; 11:1-12; 18:1-8; Jn 4:47-49; Ac 12:1-11;
15:30; Eph 6:18; Phs 4:6; 1Ti 2:1).
Never love or consider yourself (cf. Mt 19:19; Phs 2:4).
Never correct or rebuke anyone except children, whether in public or
(cf. 1Ti 5:20).
Never strive to enter God's rest (cf. 2Th
1:6-7; Heb 4:11), or for
any holiness, approval, or righteousness (cf. 1Co 9:26-27; Heb
4:11; 12:1-13; Ja 1:12 [per contra Eph 1:3; 2:6]).
Never be aware, proud, or boast of works, self-effort, or personal
righteousness (cf. 2Co 9:3-4; Gal 6:3-4 [per contra Ro 3:27; 1Co 1:29*;
Never think about if what you do, did, or will do is right or wrong; or
yourself (cf. Ro 2:14-15 [per contra Heb 10:1-2]).
Never do anything to resist your flesh, but just choose to have faith
and thus leave it all up to grace, the Word, the blood, the anointing,
work, resting and receiving, and the Holy Spirit's leading (cf. Ro
7:5,9; 2Ti 2:22; 1Pe 2:11 [per contra Ps 91:1; Isa 26:3; Mt 11:28-30;
19:30a; Ro 3:21-24; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co 1:4-8; 2Co 5:21; Eph
Phs 2:13; 3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th 5:24; 1Pe 4:19*;
3:18; 1Jn 1:9]).
Never try, pray, want, strive, or work harder to: a) live for God but
Him live through you (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk 12:28-34; Lk 10:26-28); b) be
(cf. Lk 10:41*); c) be a good servant (cf. Mt 20:25-28; Mk 10:43-45);
d) be a
doer, but rather only a hearer, speaker, and believer of the Word (cf.
Ja 1:21-27 [see also Mt 7:24-27; Lk 6:46-49]).
Never see, focus on, or talk about sins, facts, faults, striving,
problems, behaving, difficulties, circumstances, or shouldn't's (shall
but instead only love, God, grace, Jesus, receiving, believing,
enjoyment, the spiritual, God's majesty, should's (shall's/do's), and
true importance (cf. 1Co 2:15; 2Co 6:4-17; 1Th 5:21).
Keeping the Law is the same as prejudging yourself (cf. 1Co 4:3-5;
[per contra 1Co 4:3]), keeping the old covenant (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk
12:28-30b*-34; Lk 10:26-28); or trying to be first or greatest (cf. Mk
Lk 9:46-48; 22:24-27); or being your own potter (cf. Ro 9:21); or being
house, or kingdom divided against itself (cf. Mt 12:24-25); or leaving
first love (cf. Rv 2:4); or causing divisions contrary to doctrine (cf.
16:17); or looking into the ark (cf. 1Sm 6:19); or putting new wine
wineskins (cf. Mt 9:14-17; Mk 2:18-22; Lk 5:33-39); or making the
of God of none effect by your tradition (cf. Mt 15:4-9; Mk 7:9-13).
Keeping the Law means you put your confidence in the flesh or
(cf. Phs 3:2-6), or think God only accepts 100% perfect obedience and
performance (cf. Ro 3:25; 15:1; Gal 6:1-2; Col 3:13; 1Th 5:14).
Keeping the Law is the same as serving two masters (cf. Mt 6:24), or
(cf. Ac 7:37-40), or the creation more than the Creator (cf. Ro
If you observe the Law you are just like: Hagar (bondwoman)/Ishmael
4:24 [per contra 4:21-23,25-31]), Jacob (pre-Ge 32), Joseph and his
(Ge 43:32 [pre-50:15-21]), Aaron/Miriam (Nu 12), ten of the spies sent
Canaan (Nu 13-14), the man who worked on the Sabbath (Nu 15:32-36), the
Ephraimites (Jdg 8), Ruth (pre-Ru 2:8), Naomi (pre-Ru 4:9), any of
kings (usually Saul, Absalom, Solomon, Jeroboam I [1Kg 11-13], Jehu, or
[the Great, or Agrippa I or II]), Mephibosheth (pre-2Sm 9), Naaman
5:14), Nebuchadnezzar/satraps (Da 3; 6), Mary ("handmaid" of the Lord
[pre-Lk 1:48b]), the children of the kingdom (Mt 8:12), the lawyer (Lk
man beaten by robbers (Lk 10), the prodigal's brother (Lk 15), the rich
(Lk 18), the jailer (Ac 16:23-28), Saul/Paul (pre-Ac 9:3), James and
Jerusalem church (Ac 15:13-24b*-31), the church of Ephesus (Rv 2:1-6);
Hezekiah/uncleansed Israelites (2Ch 30:16-20), the Rechabites (Jer 35),
(Da 6:22), the Samaritan woman (Jn 4), the centurion with the sick
8; Lk 7), the Good Samaritan (Lk 10), the publican (Lk 18), or the men
of Judea Ac 2:14,37-38,40).
Review #4: The Myth of Mary's
official Roman Catholic and
Eastern Orthodox belief that Mary never lost her virginity, which is
"perpetual virginity," presumes Jesus' "brothers" and
"sisters" mentioned in the Bible were not Mary's biological children.
This would mean they were her nieces and nephews, adopted children,
parthenogenic (asexual reproduction) children, Joseph's children from a
previous marriage, or Jesus' disciples. The weight of contextual
details in the
Old and New Testaments refutes all such alternative explanations. If
these explanations were true, then the New Testament's portrayals of
people would amount to a fraud. The Bible alone is the source of all
revelations, principles, and wisdom (Ac 17:11; Col 1:25-28; 2Ti
3:14-17; Jd 3).
Bible's authors did not state,
identify, prophesy, or imply in any way that Mary remained a virgin
Jesus' birth, but rather left the door wide open to the interpretation
her virginity. Matthew evidently knew Mary and her history particularly
but his gospel leaves her totally unprotected against the danger of
easy interpretation. Most notably, Matthew 1:25's statement that Joseph
"knew her not till she had brought forth…," (KJV) is easily
understood, even in the Greek text, to mean that she lost her virginity
following Jesus' birth (the same two Greek words for "till" show a
change of state in Mt 17:9; 18:34; Lk 24:49; Ac 23:12,14,21). Likewise,
2:7's reference to Mary's "firstborn son" is easily understood to
mean she gave birth to other children (see also Mt 1:25b*).
people of Jesus' hometown
(Nazareth) and environs (Capernaum, etc.) pointedly remarked to the
he seemed unexpectedly different from his siblings, based on their
with his family circumstances, which they regarded with ordinariness
13:54-57; Mk 6:1-3; Lk 4:16,22; Jn 6:24-25,42). This is compelling
that they believed at least some of Jesus' "brothers" and
"sisters" mentioned in Matthew and Mark were Mary's biological
Matthew and Mark must have shared their belief, since they included no
correction or clarification to deter the natural inference that they
was customary for an individual
in the New Testament to be identified with his or her father, or a
(Mt 1:1-17; 10:2-3; 16:17; 23:35; Lk 1:5,27; 3:23-38; 6:15-16; Jn 6:71;
13:2,26; 21:15-16; Ac 1:13; 20:4; Ro 11:1). Therefore, if Jesus'
"brothers" and "sisters" had had other fathers or genealogies
besides Joseph and his genealogy, then there would have been good
identify them, or at least account for them. No such identification or
accounting appears. Joseph is the only possible father with whom they
linked. Also, if Jesus' siblings had been Joseph's children from a
marriage, then the absence of this piece of information would be a
omission by the New Testament's authors.
7:5* says Jesus'
"brothers" did not believe in him. This fulfills a prophecy in Psalms
69:8, one of the many prophecies about Jesus in Psalms, which were
(cf. Lk 24:44) even if not directly quoted (Ps 16:10* [Ac
[Mt 27:39-44; Mk 15:29,32; Lk 23:36,39], 14-18 [Mt 26:28; 27:35*; Jn
55:22 [Mt 11:29-30]; 68:18* [Eph 4:8]; 69:21 [Mt 27:48*; Mk 15:36*;
72:10-11 [Mt 2:7-11]; etc.). The only reasonable interpretation is that
"brothers" and "mother's children" of this prophecy had the
same biological mother as Jesus.
not his "disciples," closely accompanied Mary in several instances,
and in other instances were distinctly noted with her if other
present (Mt 12:46-50; Mk 3:31-34 [cf. 3:21*]; Lk 8:19-21; Jn 2:12; Ac
Their special distinction and conduct is more consistent with them
wrote that spouses should not
deprive each other's sexual needs, except by agreement for a short time
7:5). Hence, if Joseph and Mary had not had a normal fulfillment of
relations, then the Bible's lack of the slightest indication of such an
exception would be all the more careless.
virginity" is further undermined by certain details about James, who
the list of Jesus' "brothers" (Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3), and who became
prominent in the New Testament as pastor of the Jerusalem church. The
Paul singled him out from all the other apostles as "the Lord's
brother" (Gal 1:19), even though he conceivably could have used the
precise Greek word for "cousin," which he used in Colossians 4:10.
The Bible never refers to James as Jesus' "cousin."
Mary the mother of Jesus did
not remain a "perpetual virgin," it is sinful to use designations
like "Virgin Mary," "the Virgin, Mary," "the virgin
Mary," (audibly similar), "the Virgin," "the Virgin
Birth," "Mary the Virgin," "ever-virgin," etc., as
these distortions endorse (or seem to) the Catholic/Orthodox error.
contribute to an atmosphere of distortions, and violate the principles
causing others to stumble, and not wounding their weak conscience (1Co
Similarly, it is sinful to designate Mary "the Mother of God," or for
Father of God
Mary, Jesus: Holy Family
Chosen One, Mediator of the
New Covenant, Church Planter, Director of Faith Formation, Visionary,
His Eminence, The Most
Reverend James, Patriarch of Jerusalem, Father/Papa/Dad
Chosen One, Rock-, Father-
of the Church; Holy Father, Father/Papa/Dad
Peter, John: Pillars of the
Church, Co-Creators, Spiritual- Leaders, Kings, Royalty
Jesus, Paul, James, Peter:
Holy Spirit Fathers
the Baptist: Greater One,
Heart of Baptism
Felix, Festus: Most
Moses, Elijah: Triune Lords
Lawgiver, Author of the Law,
Wise King, King of Wisdom
Father of the Faith, Our
Spiritual Father, Ancient of Days
even the slightest chance
should be taken on misleading anyone about Mary. So when referring to
virgin birth, acceptable designations for her would be "a virgin,
Mary," or "Mary, a virgin."
Review #5: Two Raptures, Not
prophecy reveals two separate
Raptures and their timing relative to the 7-year Tribulation. Rapture
#1 is a
pre-Tribulation Rapture for the Church (Christians of the Church Age),
Rapture #2 is a subsequent, post-Tribulation Rapture for believing
the Tribulation saints. These Raptures are part of a closely
of apocalyptic events, others of which have never occurred before in
either, and are clearly not just figurative or symbolic (Isa 11:9-12;
60:15-16,18; 65:17-25; Jer 30:1-20; 31:31-34 [cf. Heb 8:8-12]; Eze
36:15,24-37:14; 38-39; Jo 3:9-17; Am 9:14-15; Zc 12-14; Mt 24:15-21;
25:1-13,31-46; Mk 13:14-19; Lk 21:24b; 1Co 15:51-55; 1Th 4:15-17; Rv
5:9-10† [cf. Mt 24:30; see also Mk 13:26; Lk 21:27; Ac 1:9-11];
4:27-31 also has not been completely fulfilled]).
Bible passages may at first
appear to easily confirm a pre-Trib Rapture, but can be forced with
less difficulty to support a Rapture that is mid-Trib, pre-Wrath,
occurs at Revelation 11:15-18 or 14:14-16. Although these passages help
there will be a Rapture, by themselves they are actually inconclusive
as to its
timing (Ge 5:21 [cf. Heb 11:5; Jd 14-15]; Lv 23:1-24 [no indication of
preceding Feast of Trumpets]; Nu 9:1-11 [cf. Lv 23:5; two 7-day
month apart for clean and unclean people corresponding to pre-Trib and
post-Trib Raptures]; Mt 24:36-51; Mk 13:32-37; Lk 12:35-48;
21:28,34-35†-36; Jn 14:1-3 [cf. Ac 7:55-60; Rv 21:2-3]; Ro 5:9;
1Th 4:17 [cf.
Zc 14:4-5; Mt 24:27; Jn 14:3; 1Th 1:10; 3:13; 5:9; Jd 14-15; Rv 19:14];
2Th 1:4-10; 2:1-8; Ttus 2:12-13; Ja 5:8-9; 2Pe 2:5-9; Rv 3:10***;
on to all the passages that
work either alone or together to conclusively establish two Raptures
timing, it should first be noted that the phrase "the day of the
Lord," which appears in two of these passages (1Th 5:2-4; 2Pe 3:10),
refers not only to the day of Jesus' return to earth, but also to the
Tribulation (see also Isaiah 2:12-21; 13:9-16; 34:1-8; Eze 30:3-4; Jo
Am 5:18-20; Ob 15-17; Zph 1:7-18; Mal 4:5).
two aforementioned passages and
three others show that "the day of the Lord" is an imminent event,
meaning that exactly when it begins remains unknown and unexpected,
Christians, coming as a sudden surprise like a thief in the night (Mt
24:42-25:13; Lk 12:35-40; 17:26-36*; 1Th 5:2-4; 2Pe 3:10 [see also Mk
Lk 12:42-48; 21:34-35†]). Of these passages, Matthew and Luke
also show a
coming of the Lord that itself happens as a sudden surprise, besides
Tribulation itself being a sudden surprise.
25:1-13 further reveals
that this surprise, imminent coming of the Lord is part of a Rapture.
Jesus, represented as a bridegroom, suddenly awakens the "wise"
virgin brides, the ones who have prepared themselves spiritually (cf.
6:22-23). He awakens them from their drowsiness and sleep brought on by
preceding time of undisturbed activity and monotonous waiting, and
them away from the careless virgins. This long preceding time can only
symbolic of life as usual prior to the Tribulation, since there is no
the Tribulation's persecution, upheaval, or cosmic disturbances, which
circumstances that would hardly allow for the virgins' untroubled
and behavior, or be so conducive to their peaceful sleep (Da 7:21,25;
24:21-29; Mk 13:19-25; Lk 21:10-26; Ac 2:17-20; Rv 13:7,16-17; 14-18).
virgins do not appear to experience any of the Tribulation at all,
they are taken away in a pre-Trib Rapture.
addition, a mid-Trib or
post-Trib Rapture could not really be a sudden surprise to virgins who
"wise," since they would know from Bible prophecy to expect it
exactly 7 years (post-Trib) or 3.5 years (mid-Trib) after the
a treaty with Israel (Da 9:24-27 [cf. 7:25; 12:6,11; Mt 24:15; Mk
11:2-3; 12:6,14; 13:5]). "Wise" virgins would also be able to fairly
accurately anticipate a post-Trib Rapture in another way, since it
to follow soon after other specific, precursor events in the
timeline (Da 9:27; Mt 24:15; 2Th 2:4; Rv 6-18; etc.).
pre-Wrath Rapture (cf. 1Th 1:10;
5:9) could not really be a sudden surprise to the wise virgins, either,
Rapture that precedes the Wrath (beginning at 2Th 2:3, Mt 24:15, 24:16,
6:4, 6:16, or 15:1) would have to follow soon after one or more of the
specific, precursor events as a mid-Trib or post-Trib Rapture. The last
these timing possibilities is situated near the end of the Tribulation
15:1), but all the rest are clustered within a relatively short,
3.5-year period from when the Antichrist is revealed (2Th 2:3) to the
a result, the only way the
Rapture in Matthew 25:1-13 could suddenly surprise the wise virgins is
if it is
pre-Trib. If it is pre-Trib, then the wise virgins can only represent
Church, not Israel, since Zechariah 12:1-10 clearly shows that Jesus'
for Israel is post-Trib. Isaiah 26:15-21 and Joel 2:15-17 are not about
pre-Trib Rapture of Israel, or even about a Rapture, but instead relate
Israel's crisis during the Tribulation, and God protecting them in the
(cf. Mt 24:15-31; Mk 13:14-19; Lk 21:20-28; Rv 12). Therefore, Matthew
can only be referring to the pre-Trib Rapture of the Church, Rapture #1.
passages clearly show that
Rapture #2 occurs at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 13:24-30,36-43 [cf.
12:1-3]; 24:29-31; 25:31-34,46; Mk 13:24-27). Tribulation believers and
believing Israel are gathered from earth into heaven at the call of a
Angels gather them from "the four winds" (Mt 24:31), representing the
four cardinal directions (Isa 11:12; Jer 49:36; Eze 37:9; Da 8:8-9; Zc
Although Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 seems to indicate a post-Trib Rapture
Church, it does not really do so, nor does it rule out a pre-Trib
the Church. Matthew 13:43 echoes Daniel 12:3 regarding Israel's
the end of the Tribulation, indicating that Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
relates to Israel, not the Church. The other post-Trib Rapture passages
Matthew and Mark relate to Israel more clearly. Although Matthew
Rapture #2 before Rapture #1, this does not mean they must happen
in that order.
passage that may seem to
indicate a post-Trib Rapture of the Church (Lk 17:26-36*-37) actually
a pre-Trib Rapture equally well, since the phrasing and symbolism of
parables in it are imprecise. This is similarly true of Jesus' parables
apocalyptic discourse (Mt 24:36-51; Mk 13:32-37; Lk 12:35-48), as well
analogy of separating the wheat from the chaff (Mt 3:12; Lk 3:17). In
Luke 17:37 does clearly show that it is the wicked who are left behind
17:27,29); therefore, it is the righteous who are taken.
trio of passages further
establishes Rapture #1 (1Co 15:51-52; 1Th 4:15-17; Rv 15:5-20:6).
shows the Church in heaven participating in the wedding supper of the
(19), but during the extended period leading up to this event, does not
any Resurrection or Rapture taking place, or even indicate that the
on earth (15:5-19). This is inconsistent with a post-Trib Rapture of
two passages of the trio
explain that the Resurrection immediately precedes the Rapture of the
Around the closing events of the Tribulation, however, Revelation only
resurrection that takes place (Rv 20:4-6) after the Church has already
raptured to heaven, and participated in the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Therefore, this resurrection can not be the one that immediately
Rapture of the Church. Instead, verse 4 clearly shows that this is a
resurrection of Christians who are persecuted and martyred during the
Tribulation (cf. 6:9-11; 13:7,10,15; 14:13; 16:6; 18:20; 19:2), without
indication it includes any Christians who died before the Tribulation.
Evidently, Revelation 20:5b-6 only calls this "the first
resurrection" to distinguish it from a secondary post-Trib resurrection
(20:5a,13), not to identify it as the very first resurrection of
a similar way, "the last
trumpet" in 1 Corinthians 15:52 must only refer to a last trumpet call
the Church before the Tribulation, not to the last trumpet call in
11:15 (despite the notable parallel appearance of the word "mystery"
in 1Co 15:51 and Rv 10:7), or to the very last trumpet call of
events in Matthew 24:31. Thus, the Bible reveals two separate Raptures,
separate trumpet calls associated with them.
passages in Revelation
confirm Rapture #1. In chapters 1-3, the Church is frequently noted on
the "seven churches" and "seven lampstands"
("candlesticks"; KJV). Then abruptly it seems to be represented in
heaven as the "seven Spirits" and "seven lamps" (4-5), being
closely associated with the Holy Spirit (cf. 2Th 2:7). This marks the
the Church Age, and there is no such further mention of the Church as a
distinct entity until the very end of the Tribulation, apparently still
residing in heaven (Rv 19:5-18).
Church members for being obedient and righteous, such that God will
them during the Tribulation (cf. Lk 21:36). Then, without exception,
and pronounces multiple "woe[s]" upon all the earth's inhabitants
during the Tribulation (Rv 6-9 [cf. Isa 24]; 8:13; 12:12). Isaiah 24
few of these curses, mirrored in Revelation 6:12, as earthquakes and
of the sun and moon (see also Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Ac 2:20).
no reason why God would congratulate the Church for their obedience and
righteousness, and then pronounce curses and woes upon them. In the
approximately 100 instances elsewhere in the Bible that God pronounces
He never pronounces them upon His obedient and righteous servants, but
upon those who have been unfaithful or rebellious. The Rapture of the
must therefore happen prior to the onset of curses and woes in
and 8:13. This rules out a Rapture of the Church that is post-Trib, or
after 6:12 (some pre-Wrath scenarios), or happens at 11:15-18 or
uses much symbolism, and
some Biblical and historical evidence supports the possibility that two
Greek words appearing in this book are symbolic distinctions. One of
strongly indicate a pre-Trib Rapture of the Church, and the other would
inconsistent with it. Before Revelation begins describing the
says the Church receives white "garments" or "raiment" (Rv
3:4,5,18; 4:4; KJV), which are translated from the Greek words himatia
himatiois (pl. forms of himation). Martyrs
who die during the
Tribulation, however, receive white "robes" (Rv 6:11; 7:9,13,14; KJV
[see also 22:14a*]). "Robes" is translated from the Greek words stolē
(s.), and stolas (pl.).
might use himatia to
signify higher status, which stolas or a few other possible
not signify, in order to indicate that the Church will be raptured
Tribulation as a reward for their greater faithfulness (regardless of
might signify in chapters 6-7). Greek culture often
depicted a god or
godlike person wearing a himation. It possibly can represent
status, since the New Testament often notes that it, but never a stolē,
was worn by priests, royalty, Paul, or Jesus (Mt 17:2; 23:5; 26:65;
5:30; Lk 7:25; Jn 13:12; 19:5; Ac 18:6; Rv 19:13). Revelation 16:15
might be a
literary aside advising the Church before the Tribulation, rather than
believers during the Tribulation, to keep their himatia.
about the time of Christ, the
Roman poet Ovid mentioned the practice of wearing a white robe (stolē),
representing ripe grain, for the feast of Ceres, the popular Roman
the harvest (Fasti and The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice).
sense, harvesting grain involves an act of "violence" to
"kill" it, so widespread familiarity with this practice may have
contributed to Revelation using the word stolē to signify
Tribulation believers, which himation or a few other possible
would not signify. Revelation clearly does use other harvest symbolism
reference to killing, God's wrath, and possibly martyrdom (14:14-20).
possibility, but in the same vein, is that there may have been a
but now historically unknown tradition of being martyred, executed, or
sacrificed in clothing like a stolē.
these details in
Revelation strongly support pre-Trib Rapture #1, showing that the
not experience any of the Tribulation events prophesied in the
chapters 6-18, and that these events are not very significant or
it. In contrast, Israel is the focus of 7:1-8, and all of chapter 12,
shows them taking refuge in the desert. Unquestionably, the Church is
from Israel (Ac 2:36-41; Ro 9-11; 15:25-27; etc.), and the details of
prophetic plans differ for each.
(Jacob) is also prominent in
the other New and Old Testament prophecies about the Tribulation, which
repeatedly, unequivocally state that it is the focus of the testing and
(Dt 4:27-31; Jer 30; Eze 20:32-44; 38-39; Da 7:7-27; 9:24-27; 12:1-11;
Jo 3; Am
9:8-15; Zc 12-14; Mt 24:16,20; Mk 13:14; Lk 21:20-21). There is no such
regarding the Church. Remarkably, Daniel 9:24-27 specifically defines
purpose of the entire 7-year Tribulation, not just the final Wrath
it, as a resumption of God's purification of rebellious Israel. There
corresponding passage that specifically states or implies the Church
through any of the Tribulation, or that clearly suggests a need for the
to go through any of it. These details help rule out anything but a
Rapture of the Church.
(verse) or † (verses specified by
preceding hyphen) denotes some degree of rivalry in translations or
concerning the given view, from among the KJV, and editions of the NKJV
and NIV (1984) with both the alternate and variant translation
or ††† denotes it from among these and other
Response From Christian Data Resources
Thank you for your questions and for your sharing—both your
biblical knowledge and your personal situation.
I apologize for my delayed response, but it took
much time to study your
e-mail and prepare my reply. I learned a
lot from considering your apologetics of the Scriptures.
agree with you about biblical deliverance of Christians, and I
want you to know that I prayed for you today, and I plan to continue to
so. I pray for
healing, for your comfort from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt, and for
increased understanding of Bible doctrine.
do not say these things lightly. Although
I continue to struggle with my
understanding of prayer and answers to prayer, I truly believe that God
taught me one thing in my experience with prayer: Intercessory
prayer is the most power kind of
prayer, perhaps because of its unselfish nature. You
and I will probably never meet in person,
and I have nothing to gain personally from your healing (other than a
strengthening of my faith), so I believe that God hears this prayer
5:13-18) and He will answer (Matthew 7-8) according to His perfect will
praise God that you became a believer in 1989 and for your
fervent Bible study. I share your
concern that most churches are ignorant, apostate and involved in false
teachings. Please see my related article
asked about my past and present participation with churches
and organizations. I am an active member
of Gideon’s International, distributing copies of the Scriptures
world. I learned much Bible doctrine
from Dr. John E. Danish, former pastor at Berean Memorial Church, a
autonomous church in Irving TX, and I include some information from him
website. I learned much about prayer
from Pastor V.J.H.S Nelson, pastor of the Gethsemane Evangelical Free
Hyderabad, India. I have also learned
much Bible doctrine through many thousands of hours of personal Bible
was raised in the First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist) in
Okeene, OK, a very small town. My mother
led me to Christ as a young child. After
marrying and having young children, my wife and I decided to leave the
church because of false and legalistic teachings. We
visited many area churches, searching for
those that taught the truth, and we joined Bent Tree Bible Fellowship,
non-denomination Bible church in Carrollton, TX when it was still quite
small. Before long however, it also
seemed to turn from the truth in favor of
“growth”—seeking more money,
increased staff salaries, bigger buildings, and larger crowds of either
unbelievers, apostates, or indifferent believers who were more
making business contacts than they were in Jesus Christ—hardly
from the atmosphere one might find in any secular organization. As a result, we stopped going to any specific
church on a regular basis. Although I
have struggled with my critical assessment of today’s churches,
inability to be comfortable in them, I believe it is best both for
churches and for myself that I do not attend.
I supposed that I consider those who visit my
website to be my
your e-mail, I see an understandable pattern of emphasis upon
this apostasy and also upon healing and obedience.
You asked me to tell you only which of your
beliefs I disagree with, and exactly why, and I have attempted to do so
below. I agree with most of your beliefs
whole-heartedly. As a result, since most
of my response deals only with areas of disagreements, they may seem
numerous. However, please remember that
with respect to
the total content of your original e-mail, my disagreements are minimal. For example (if you will allow me the
liberty), here are some things about which I adamantly agree with you:
churches are claiming that all problems, illnesses, pain,
generational curses, persecution, suffering, sorrows, unpleasant
adversity, tragedies, etc. are actually sins, psychosomatic illnesses,
from Satan, misconceptions, and/or demonic indwellings, which are
spiritual disobedience, emotional "disorders," a rebellious mindset,
and/or a deficient relationship with God. They view deliverance and
"promotions," "advancements," or "paychecks"
earned by performing a laundry list of required works, particular
procedures, techniques, plans, protocols, checklists, processes,
rediscovered Bible interpretations, "revelations," willpower, etc.
These amount to legalism and trusting in men instead of God, and
all are presumptuous and contrary to the Bible...
agree that many churches teach false doctrine regarding
problems, illnesses, deliverance, healing, etc.
I am particularly put off by:
- Their methods of
collection money (tithing, pressure on giving, etc.).
- The way they spend
their money—mostly to sustain their own existence—salaries,
counseling for everything.
- Justifying one’s
physical healing based on Isaiah 53:5.
- Justifying any
action by putting the word “Christian” in front of it. I’ve even heard terms such as
might enjoy my article on healing at http://www.christiandataresources.com/giftofhealing.htm.
Demons or "evil spirits" cannot indwell true
Christians, or be the "root" of true medical diseases of the
strongly agree that demons cannot indwell believers, but perhaps they
influence believers. Also, I
rule out that they can cause sickness in some people.
Pentecostalism and Pentecostal/Charismatic churches are
founded upon false beliefs about and manifestations of the Holy
I express my
agreement with you in my related articles on Spiritual Gifts on my
Doctrine page at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm.
There is no "purgatory."
myth of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… and she shouldn't be
worshiped as officially endorsed by Roman Catholicism and Eastern
I agree and stand
firm against much of Catholic doctrine.
There is no "past lives" or reincarnation.
Yes, I stand firm
against most of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
It's impossible to save the dead…
Yes, I stand firm
against most Mormon doctrine.
Prayers should not be made to Jesus, or anyone or anything
else, but only to God in Jesus' name…
This is often misunderstood and falsely
taught to children.
The Christian faith does not allow pastors to be women (Eph.
5:22-28; Col 3:18; 1Ti 2:11-3:13; Titus 1:5-9; 1Pet. 3:1-7), children,
It also excludes the titles "Reverend" and "Father"; posts
of "pope," "lay pastor," "worship pastor," or
"worship leader"; and gay marriage, sexual relations, and acceptance
of such in Christian congregations.
I agree completely
that pastors are not to be women, children, or gay.
I am opposed to the titles of “Father”,
“Pope”, and “lay pastor”, but not so much to
However, perhaps you
can enlighten me on this.
I am adamantly
opposed to gay marriage as I believe that God has gone to the trouble
out His particularly contempt for homosexuality (Romans 1:24-27),
and gay marriage
violates His institution of marriage.
Premillennialism and a pre-Tribulation Rapture are the only
Yes, I oppose
amillennialism and post-millennialism.
Polygamy isn't sinful per se, but isn't God's ideal, and
tends to become sinful like hoarding wealth. The Bible discourages.
I totally agree, and
you have summarized this subject in a concise way that I’ve never
to. Thank you.
It simply was too
prevalent and accepted in the Old Testament to argue otherwise. However, I believe that it would tend to
arouse jealousy and stability in the household.
However, perhaps as a
future topic of conversation, can you apply the same arguments to
Christianity is not a religion of pacifism (Lk 22:36-38; Ac
10:1-8; Ro 13:1-4).
Definitely, and you
can read my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/killing.htm.
Astrology, and communication or other interaction with the
dead are forbidden.
Yes, the only time
that communication with the dead really happened was when King Saul
Samuel, and that was a fiasco. Please
see my related articles on Speaking with the Dead at
(Some churches falsely teach that) 1 John 1:9 only applies
to unbelievers (cf. 1:8, 10-2:5).
I not only agree, but
I believe that 1 John 1:9 only applies to believers.
(Some churches falsely teach that) Christians … (do not
have) a persisting sinful nature and fleshly temptations to deal with.
Sometimes we forget to tell new Christians
that God doesn’t remove their flesh (old sin nature) at salvation.
(Some churches falsely teach that) your heart is the center
of revelation (cf. Ac 17:11-12).
Yes, and, along with
their misunderstanding of their “heart” (their mind), this
leads them to being
led by their emotions instead of by their thinking.
(Some churches falsely teach that) God never deals with
Christians based on works (cf. Ps 7:8-9; 1Co 11:28-34; 1Pe 4:17-18; Rev
you have not already done so, please refer to my Basic Bible
Doctrine web page at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm
for more detailed understanding of my beliefs.
Also, if you look through index on my web site, you
should find many
other articles related to the issues you cited.
Incidentally, my passion is promoting life and
condemning abortion. For example, you will
find many of my
articles like this one: http://christiandataresources.com/bibleblog/unborn-black-lives-matter.
see my specific responses below.
points of disagreement (along with some additional
Unrepentant Christians should not be forgiven. Presumed,
pretended, or imagined repentance
on anyone's behalf is inadequate and has no validity.
your proof passages of 1Corinthians 5:9-11, Titus
3:10-11, and 2 John 10-11 are valid, I tend to err on the side of
6:14-15: 1) I try to consider the
imperfections of others because I have imperfections of my own. I try to be forgiving just as I would hope
that I could receive forgiveness from.
2) I do not know (and am not overly concerned with)
someone else’s heart
regarding their repentance. As long as
it is not harmful to others, that is between him and God.
Hell is an eternal, material reality for those rejecting
Jesus. Heaven, angels, and demons are also eternal, material realities.
and demons can have a physical appearance and influence on earth.
fully agree that hell, heaven, angels, and demons are all
eternal material realities, and that angels and demons can and do have
physical appearance and influence on earth.
However, perhaps you can help me with one issue
about which I seem to
have more questions than most people. I
have struggled in recent years to confirm my belief that unbelievers
eternity in the lake of fire. My
conflict here has to do with the word “destruction”
(“olethron” in the Greek),
as found in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, 2 Peter 3:7, and Revelation 17:11. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says, “These will
penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and
glory of His power…” I am
torn about the
true meaning of this word “olethron.” It
seems that this word can indicate destruction, ruin, or death. It would seem here to indicate death
(separation), as it goes on to connote separation (“away”)
from God which could
support the belief of eternal suffering.
However, it seems to me that it could also mean that
“destroyed”—as in the more contemporary meaning of
“extinguishes,” as meaning
that something no longer exists. This
could support the notion that such a person no longer exists (rather
eternal suffering), and still be consistent with the notion of death
(separation from God).
some passages for the end times: Revelation
19:20 and Revelation 20:10 tell us
that the beast, the false prophet, and the devil are thrown into
“the lake of
fire and brimstone.” Revelation
notes that the beast and the false prophet were thrown
“alive” into the lake of
fire, and Revelation 20:10 notes that “they will be tormented day
forever and ever.” Revelation 20:14
that death and Hades were also thrown into the lake of fire, and it
“This is the second death, the lake of fire.”
comes Revelation 20:15, which says, “And if anyone’s name
was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake
fire.” It says nothing here of being
thrown “alive” into it, or being “tormented day and
night forever and
ever.” Could it be that these
are destroyed (extinguished out of existence), still suffering death
separation from God), but leaving the “day and night torment
forever” only for
Satan, the beast, the false prophet, death, and Hades?
A Christian can willfully forsake salvation.
I misunderstand what you mean here, I disagree with you
on this one because I believe in eternal security.
If one becomes a believer, he is always a
believer (John 10:28-29), and he will always have eternal fellowship
God. However, as believers, we all still
sin and drift away from God. John 1:9
tells us that confession of our sins to God restores our temporal
with God. Furthermore, Galatians 5:3-6
talks about those who fall from grace; i.e., drifting back into
salvation by works. Again, confession
and repentance is the answer.
order to understand the part that works play in Christianity,
I like to use the analogy of concentric circles. The
outer circle is eternal fellowship with
God, and the inner circle is temporal fellowship with Him.
When we believe the gospel message, God moves
us into the inner circle, with both eternal and temporal fellowship
Him. When we sin, we fall out of the
inner circle of temporal fellowship, but by His power (not by our
never fall out of the outer circle of eternal fellowship.
He has given us a method for entering back
into the inner circle of temporal fellowship; namely, by confession of
according to 1 John 1:9. Only God can
save us, and the Holy Spirit seals us in His salvation forever (2
1:22, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Our works
can neither save us nor cause us to become lost again.
For a more detailed explanation of my views
here, please see the section on Eternal Security in my article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/bd24-02_backgroundofchristianservice.htm.
Predestination, determinism, fatalism, fatalistic
providence, Augustinianism, Calvinism, total depravity, unconditional
limited atonement, irresistible (sovereign) grace, "perseverance"
(eternal security), foreordination, foreknowledge, omniscience, and
are all false, condemnatory doctrines as far as election is concerned.
doctrines misinterpret, overgeneralize, or take out of context a
passages to mean that everyone's salvation or damnation was "set in
stone" beforehand, which is the only way it could have either been
foreknown or predestined. Nobody is predestined for damnation. Even the
crucial of these passages are actually inconclusive.
disagree. Please see my
article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/predestination.htm.
All Biblical gifts of the Spirit are still in effect, and
none has ever "ceased."
disagree. Please see
related articles at
and my articles on Spiritual Gifts at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm.
Earthquakes, storms, and natural disasters are God's work
believe your statement here is incomplete, right? Otherwise,
I don’t understand what you
Existing Bibles and ancient manuscripts have discrepancies
and inaccuracies (e.g., Ex 13:18*; 15:4* ["Red Sea" should be
"Sea of Reeds"]; Mt 17:21*; Mk 16:9-20† [handling snakes,
poison]; Jn. 7:53-8:11†; etc.).
agree, but I believe that the original manuscripts were
Apocryphal books, gnostic gospels, the Book of Mormon, etc.
are erroneous and incompatible with the Christian faith.
totally agree that the Book of Mormon is a fraud. Regarding
the Canon of Scripture, I believe
that God has given us the Scriptures that we should have in the 66
books of the
Bible. Regarding the apocryphal books,
there are some (especially among the New Testament apocryphal books)
simply silly and should obviously be disregarded. However,
with all intellectual honesty, some
could be considered to be canonical if we applied the criteria fairly. Please see my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/canon.htm. Also on this topic, you might enjoy my
article on the book of James at http://www.christiandataresources.com/jamescanon.htm.
The Christian faith does
not hinge on the creationist interpretation of Genesis 1-11, which
might be a
poetic mix of fact and metaphorical lore…
I agree that the Christian faith doesn’t hinge on
creationism. However, I believe in
creationism. Please see my related
article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/uniquecreationtheory.htm
where I attempt to
reconcile science with the Bible on this topic.
Review #1: Rediscovering Biblical Deliverance
(Some churches falsely teach that we should)
to church and pastoral "authority," and bow, prostrate, or kneel
before altars, or go to or build them.
agree that altars are forbidden. Their
purpose was for animal sacrifices. Submitting
to pastoral authority would be OK
if you could find a decent pastor. Even
if you could, he is ultimately subject to the authority of the
anyway. Unfortunately, I believe that
the right action is sometimes to stop going to church, thereby removing
pastor as an authority. Too many people
to think of their pastor as a priest—an intermediary between them
removing their own responsibility and accountability for Bible study. I’ve often wondered if many people will
themselves separated from God throughout eternity and blaming their
because he misled them.
(Some churches falsely teach) fasts, "mandatory daily
Bible reading and oral prayer recitations," "devotionals,"
referrals to get "help" from deliverance specialists, exorcists,
mentors, "life coaches," "resources," self-help
publications, seminars, classes, 12-step programs, "workshops,"
"healing rooms," etc.
agree except that I do believe that fasting can be justified
in some cases.
Review #2: Rethinking "Spiritual Abuse"
have no major disagreements here, but some which may only be a
matter of terminology. I see us made up
of body, soul, and spirit (spirit for believers only).
The soul is made up of a mind (or the
biblical term for heart—“kardia”), of emotions, and
of a will. The goal of the Christian life
is that God
should possess each of these—that He should control and He should
it. Now what is the way this is
achieved? How does God control my
mind? By learning doctrine.
How does God control my emotions? By
learning doctrine so that my emotions can
be guided. How does God control my will,
in the decisions I make? Through
learning doctrine so that consequently I’m phased in with His
we all here have three factors that deal with our being:
A temperament consists of certain qualities we are born
with. We inherit these genetically from
our parents. They’re determined by
various factors on that level, of race, physical structure, and other
backgrounds. We have these qualities of
strengths and of weaknesses. These
remain with us of our life. Everybody
here has a certain basic temperament.
There are about four basic temperaments, and usually
we’re a combination
of some of these.
Out of the temperament comes a character. Our
character is the result of how our
temperament factors have been influenced by our education, by our
background, by the influence of the society in which we live, and the
to which we respond or to which we refuse to respond in that society. The character is the “you,”
your mind, your will, and your emotions, so it is the area of your soul. It is the expression of your total
My character is the real me, but one’s character is
always expressed in a personality. The
personality is what other people see (sometimes called our
“mask”). Basically, in most
people, the personality is
an image which is not the same as our character. Now
when you’re a Christian, the ideal is to
come to a point where your personality is the same as your character.
Review #3: Faithful Law-Keeping Is Not a Sin
New Testament relates that the ways of gaining God's favor
have changed from the old covenant ways of high priest rituals, and
focused on Law and old covenant terms, to the new covenant ways of
faith in Jesus, and Law-keeping focused on faith and led by the Holy
doing this, the New Testament often appears to warn strongly against
doing works, and physical circumcision.
must be careful about speaking of “gaining God’s
favor.” I proclaim that Christianity
is not a
religion. The various religions of the
world do seek to find ways of gaining God’s favor through works,
securing of eternal fellowship with Him (salvation) through one’s
works. As opposed to all other faiths,
is a relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith I Him. Grace is the precept that sets Christianity
apart from all other faiths; i.e. all religions.
is within this context that we can understand the very
important part of works on the part of the believer.
We are saved eternally by grace through faith
in Christ, and we are kept there by the same (the sealing of the Holy
Spirit). Once saved, our divine good works
performed under the power of the Holy Spirit) are of eternal value to
well because it is on the basis of those works what we will receive
rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
So, works have nothing to do with gaining or
securing salvation, but
everything to do with heavenly rewards.
when Paul speaks of Christians being "dead to the
Law," "set free from the Law," or "redeemed from the
Law," he is simply saying that obeying the works of the Law cannot save
us. Likewise with other passages that
seem to forsake, repudiate, or condemn doing works, I take all of these
that such works have no saving power, although they do have virtue in
to Christ that results in heavenly rewards.
fact, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that all
Christians are still subject to the moral Law and its criteria
sin and virtue, and that regardless of their emotions, they must heed
personal duty to obey and keep its commandments, rules, regulations,
and recognize God's authority to judge them accordingly, and must
accept, endorse, quote, and promote it as vital, useful, and essential
personal Christian faith.
course, Christians are still subject to God’s moral law. Insofar as the Law of Moses represents
moral law, we are subject to it as well, with some exceptions that were
specifically ceremonial law for the Israelites, although a principle
be at work even with these. We must take
great care not to take liberty with the latter, and this represents one
great challenges for the biblical scholar.
I’ll give a couple of examples of my views on
Of the ten laws of Ten Commandments, nine of them are
reinforced in the New Testament. The
exception is “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” Not only is this commandment not reiterated
in the New Testament, but Colossians 2:16 warns us of elevating any day
another, including “a Sabbath day.” Now,
for the Christian, there still may be a principle here concerning one
rest each week.
Are we subject to the dietary laws of the Old Testament?
I would argue that we are not, although maybe
it’s not healthy to eat pork and shrimp every night.
and grace are not mutually exclusive, nor is their
agree that the Law and grace are not mutually exclusive in
terms of the obedience of the Christian life and earning heavenly
rewards. Again, however, the Law and grace
mutually exclusive in terms of somehow meriting salvation by works of
Law. For the latter, I offer Romans
4:4-5 and Romans 11:6 as proof passages.
churches distort the above passages and ignore their plain,
contextual sense to promote a glut of false teachings and ideas
grace and faithful Law-keeping, including these examples:
Purge your conscience of old sins (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15;
believe that when God forgives sin, He also forgets it, and so
Hebrews 9:28 says Christians will not be judged for their
sins at Christ's return (cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja.
disagree that this is false teaching. Christ
has already died for all of our
sins. What we will be judged upon is our
works, good or bad.
this may be a little tricky. Nothing good
comes from our corrupted flesh,
including both sins and human good works.
The only good works that we can do are those that
are divine good works,
inspired by the Holy Spirit—not by the flesh.
For example, any unbeliever can do a good work such
as giving to charity
or helping someone in need. However,
being an unbeliever, such works will be fruitless.
They have no saving merit, and thus no merit
for heavenly rewards because the unbeliever is disqualified for such
my understanding of what will occur for the unbeliever at
the Great White Throne judgment according to Romans 20:11-15: The unbeliever will be judged from his deeds
“which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” All of his deeds, whether good or bad, will
be found lacking (because of lack of faith in Christ).
As a result, his name will not be found in
the book of life, and he will be eternally separated from God.
No sin is worse than another sin (cf. Mt 23:14*; Mk 12:40;
Lk 12:47-48; 20:47; Jn. 19:11).
believe this statement has some validity. All
sin misses the mark of God’s
righteousness. Any sin is big enough to
separate us from God. I believe this is
a good approach when a Christian is witnessing to a gay person. The believer has sin in his life—maybe
or lust, etc., and the homosexual unbeliever has sin in his life as
including the homosexual lifestyle. Both
are wrong, and both can be forsaken through faith in Christ, but the
thing is to acknowledge that they’re both wrong (Romans 3:23).
Jesus plus nothing equals the gospel (cf. Ja. 2:14-3:1*-2,
almost, but I might say it a little differently: As
I have previously indicated, Romans 4:4-5
and Romans 11:6 tell us that adding anything to grace nullifies the
grace. This is one of my big problems with
Catholicism. Many Catholics believe that
salvation is equal to faith in Christ plus certain works such as infant
i.e., God does some of it and we do the rest, where I believe that God
You can never find God, He can only find you (cf. Ac
believe this to be a true statement. Again,
please refer to my article on
Review #5: Two Raptures, Not Just One
prophecy reveals two separate Raptures and their timing
relative to the 7-year Tribulation. Rapture #1 is a pre-Tribulation
the Church (Christians of the Church Age), and Rapture #2 is a
post-Tribulation Rapture for believing Israel and the Tribulation
believe in premillennialism and a pre-tribulation
rapture. There may well be a second
post-tribulation rapture for believing Israel and the tribulation
saints. However, after having spent much
to understand this in the past, I have decided that my time is better
in studying how to live the Christian life.
I base this on several observations:
arguments on these various positions seems inconclusive and sometimes
- This seems to have
limited bearing for we Christians who will be raptured at the beginning
- The significance of
a post-tribulation seems quite limited since it would parallel the
the Millennial Kingdom on the earth.
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