For those of us who walk in true salvation; who walk in the LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD, and who know that this light can only be found in the face of Yeshua, according to 2 Corinthians 4:6, we have to minister salvation to Christians.
I have come to the conclusion, and I say that word by permission, because there is so much more for all of us to learn, that Christians are in the same darkness as is the rest of the world, and that they have to be treated and ministered to the same way you would minister to any nonbeliever. No doubt there are Christians reading this right now who are absolutely incensed with what I'm saying. But we who walk in the truth should not be intimidated by them, the way they are intimidated by the people they consider to be of the world. Because, by their very behavior, it is clear that they are afraid, and intimidated to take what they think is the truth to a dying world. And well it should be, because both they and the world are believing a lie.
I have had to short conversations this morning. One was with my former study partner. She says, that receiving salvation is a very simple thing, and that people try to, want to and too often do complicate it with a bunch of man-made rules and notions. I absolutely agree. All that is necessary to be saved is to believe in your heart and agree with God according to his Word. The question is and the problem is, too many people don't know the Word. And this includes pastor. So do yourself a favor before you start tellin’ me what pastor said. Because from the Bible. I read most of your pastors do not have a clue as to what they're talking about. In fact, the overwhelming majority of pastors and other shepherds of flocks, are simply following the status quo and are questioning nothing.
The second conversation I had this morning had to do with faith. This sister who helped me start the ministry website God's Elect Network (godselectpeople.ning.com), was asking a question in ministry, can your faith stand the test of time? I responded, and concluded with the following:
Christians say that they are saved and that they love the Lord, yet they will not study, they don't like to pray and they absolutely will not evangelize. When I look at this behavior in connection with the faith they say they have, I would have to say they have no faith at all.
My life experience has taught me, that people, at large, have a tendency to be lazy or to lack discipline in any one of a number of areas, and this would include seeking to personally know the God they serve and worship. And taking into consideration that we are talking about our eternal destination, where there is no changing your mind, there is no repenting, and their are no do-overs, it would seem that this would be the one area where they would either find the discipline are overcome the shortcomings to have the discipline.
Praise YHWH; Him knowing this about His creation, He has made it so easy and so simple to be saved and to possess eternal salvation with Him, that we are really without excuse, if we find ourselves hearing, “I never knew you”.
So if it is so simple.how is it that Christians can be in the dark? The answer is very simple. THEY DON'T AGREE WITH YHWH; God. Let's look at the Scriptures regarding salvation.
Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yeshua, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
The word CONFESS is the Greek word ὁμολογέω, which is pronounced homologeō. It means 1) to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent, 2) to concede, a) not to refuse, to promise, b) not to deny, 1) to confess, 2) declare, 3) to confess, i.e. to admit or declare one's self guilty of what one is accused of.
Because of the failure of so many men and women who proclaim themselves to be stewards or who are actually called but fail to study for themselves and diligently seek the truth, Saints and/or people are led to believe that the Scriptures are talking about Jesus, when in fact the Scriptures are talking about Yeshua. And because of that same failure, both at the hands of stewards and at the failure of the Saints who listen to them, to go and search the Scriptures for themselves, and see if what they're saying is true, they don't know that Jesus is a name a that was literally invented by the founders of the Catholic Church, and that God did not raise any character by the name of Jesus from the dead. Thus THEY DON'T AGREE WITH GOD! So then, with our mouths, they do not CONFESS unto salvation; they PROFESS. Do you need an example of what PROFESSING is?
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Do you see the difference? Not only does Yeshua not agree with what this A-list group of Saints is proclaiming, he tells them that the work that they did is counted for nothing more than iniquity. How can this be? Why is this the case? Because way back when it the act of receiving salvation was committed, whenever way back then was, we failed to agree with God. We PROFESSED that JESUS is Lord, and that God raise JESUS from the dead. But that simply is not true. And in all of all our wanting it to be true, because it is all we have ever heard or known, is never going to make it be true. It is a 1700 years old lie; A 1700 years old trick. And for 1700 years mankind and Christians have believed it, and have PROFESSED it.
As far as Christianity itself being darkness, quite frankly. that should've been evident by the very conversation that was taking place between Felix, Festus and King Agrippa. But then people are lazy, people lack discipline, and people don't like to think. But I'm not going to put all the blame on Christians and they should not neither, BECAUSE WHEN ONE IS IN THE DARK, IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO!
Let me leave you with this, both for those of us who have to evangelize Christians and especially for the Christians themselves:
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM!