Let’s Be Like Paul, so we can be Together as ‘ONE’ — Paul worked out his own salvation through fear and trembling, running his race to win — and so can we. ‘ONE’ Can Happen!!!

Sadly, virtually all churches today have disqualified leaders who are not blameless, and who teach diabolical false doctrines that are putting the church into bondage.

But we can be like Paul, overcoming by God’s grace, running our race to win!!!

I put together this list:

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Paul worked out his own salvation by God’s grace/enablement/empowerment, as he taught others to do:

 …work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. – Php. 2:12-13

I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected. – 1 Cor. 9:27

Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. – Gal. 5:24

Paul didn’t just say it, but actually made Jesus Lord of his life, ‘pressing on’ to take hold of ‘that’:

I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…. that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you. Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind. – Php. 3:8-16

As Paul predicted, most are on the highway to hell. We, however, can overcome like Paul:

For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables. …

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. – 2 Tim. 4:3-4, 7

Paul made sure he was ALWAYS right with God and men:

Herein I also practice *ALWAYS* having a CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENSE toward God and men. (Acts 24:16).

The writer to Hebrews was in complete sync with Paul:

Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls. …

Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it; lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal. For you know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for a change of mind though he sought it diligently with tears. – Heb. 12:1-3, 12-17

When Paul saw Jesus face to Face, he had no condemnation. Why, because he made sure he walked according to the Spirit. He put to death the deeds of the body so he could live:

There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. …

the mind of the Spirit is life and peace….

…if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.

we are children of God; and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. – Romans 8:1, 6, 13-14, 16-17

Let’s be like Paul, overcoming by the Holy Spirit’s grace/enablement, running our races to win!:

…let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind. – Php. 3:8-16

Jesus desires not only that we abide in Him so we can live eternally with Him, but that we’d be ‘ONE’ with Him and each other that His joy would remain in us and that OUR JOY WOULD BE FULL!:

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2 Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE MADE FULL.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

Jesus promised to give us His glory as we become ‘ONE’ with each other in Him that the WORLD WILL KNOW!:

Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.

The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.” – John 17:20-26

‘ONE’ is what we should be focusing on — overcoming, like Paul, strong together:

‘Let Us Be ONE’ Prophecy Continues 10/8/08: “It’s TOO LATE to REVERSE what’s been done for MY MEN have been REJECTED … Now is the Time to OVERCOME and GET RIGHT With ALL … FREEeeeeeeeeeeeee———DOM at last … Your HEART will SWELL with LOVE and it will be EASY to REMAIN In Me when others are On The BOAT With You”

 

“God’s ability to save us isn’t the issue… The issue is us. Will we continue to love him? Will we forsake him? Will we make the sacrifice necessary to endure to the end? God’s part in salvation was executed on the cross. Our part doesn’t conclude until the day we enter eternity”

“God’s ability to save us isn’t the issue. His great grace isn’t either, nor is his love or his promise never to leave or forsake us. The issue is us. Will we continue to love him? Will we forsake him? Will we make the sacrifice necessary to endure to the end? God’s part in salvation was executed on the cross. Our part doesn’t conclude until the day we enter eternity.”

– John Burton on Facebook

Presumption regarding our salvation must be replaced with humility and sobriety

“Presumption regarding our salvation must be replaced with humility and sobriety. There is little value in overconfidence regarding our position in Christ yet there is supreme value in continually analyzing our heart, living in joyful repentance and working out our salvation with fear and trembling.”

– John Burton on Facebook

“In Christ” – ‘In Him’ is found 164 times in Paul’s epistles” • “The Christian experience is first and foremost a personal experience” – Chuck Baldwin

Jesus’ greatest commandment:

“Those two words, ‘in Him’ are found 164 times in Paul’s epistles.”

“The Christian experience is first and foremost a personal experience. If you don’t have a personal experience with Christ you don’t know Christ, and you don’t have salvation.”

– Chuck Baldwin from The Christian Experience: Personal, Powerful, And Painful – Bible Study on May 3, 2017

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

J.C. Ryle 1878: Beware of Manufacturing a God of Your Own – a God who is all mercy but not just; a God who is all love but not holy; a God who has a Heaven for everybody but a Hell for none…. Such a God is an idol of your own imagination!

The Great Separation!

J.C. Ryle, 1878

… Reader, who are the WHEAT in the world? Listen to me, and I will tell you.

The wheat means all men and women who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ — all who are led by the Holy Spirit — all who have felt themselves sinners, and fled for refuge to the salvation offered in the Gospel — all who love the Lord Jesus, and live to the Lord Jesus, and serve the Lord Jesus — all who have taken Christ for their only confidence, and the Bible for their only guide, and regard sin as their deadliest enemy, and look to Heaven as their only home. …

Do you believe the Bible? Then depend upon it, Hell is a subject that ought not to be kept back. It is striking to observe the many texts about it in Scripture. … I cannot forget the words of a dying hearer of Mr. Newton’s — “Sir, you often told me of Christ and salvation; why did you not oftener remind me of Hell and danger?”

Let others be silent about Hell if they will — I dare not do so. I see it plainly in Scripture, and I must speak of it. I fear that thousands are on that broad way that leads to it, and I would sincerely arouse them to a sense of the peril before them. What would you say of the man who saw his neighbor’s house in danger of being burnt down — and never raised the cry of “Fire!” What ought to be said of us as ministers, if we call ourselves watchmen for souls, and yet see the fires of Hell raging in the distance — and never give the alarm? Call it bad taste, if you like, to speak of Hell. Call it charity to make things pleasant, and speak smoothly, and soothe men with constant lullaby of peace. From such notions of taste and charity — may I ever be delivered! My notion of charity is to warn men plainly of danger! My notion of taste in the ministerial office, is to declare all the counsel of God. If I never spoke of Hell — I would think I had kept back something that was profitable — and would look on myself as an accomplice of the devil.

Reader, I beseech you, in all tender affection, beware of false views of the subject on which I have been dwelling. Beware of new and strange doctrines about Hell and the eternity of punishment. Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy — but not just; a God who is all love — but not holy; a God who has a Heaven for everybody — but a Hell for none; a God who can allow good and evil to be side by side in time — but will make no distinction between good and evil in eternity. Such a God is an idol of your own imagination! It is as true an idol as any snake or crocodile in an Egyptian temple — as true an idol as was ever molded out of brass or clay! The hands of your own imagination and sentimentality have made him. He is not the God of the Bible — and beside the God of the Bible — there is no God at all. …

Beware of being wise above that which is written. Beware of forming fanciful theories of your own, and then trying to make the Bible square with them. Beware of making selections from your Bible to suit your taste — refusing, like a spoiled child, whatever you think bitter — seizing, like a spoiled child, whatever you think sweet. What is all this but taking Jehoiakim’s penknife? What does it amount to but telling God, that you, a poor short-lived worm — know better than He? It will not do! It will not do. You must take the Bible as it is. You must read it all, and believe it all. You must come to the reading of it in the spirit of a little child. Dare not to say, “I believe this verse, for I like it. I reject that, for I do not like it. I receive this, for I can agree with it. I refuse that, for I cannot reconcile it with my views.” Nay! but O man, who are you that replies against God? By what right do you talk in this way? Surely it were better to say over every chapter in the Word, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!” Ah, reader, if men would do this, they would never deny Hell, the chaff, and the fire!

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Spiritual Avalanche – Steve Hill: The 7 Great Lies in the Church Today — Overemphasis of Prosperity • Exaggerated View of Grace (grace-changers nullify all divine warnings) • Antinomianism = against rules, so “anything goes” (but “Jesus didn’t set us free to sin; He set us free from sin”) • Gazing Upon Man, not God • Challenging the Authority of the Word (God didn’t really mean what He said) • Rejecting Hell • Universal Reconciliation

Spiritual Avalanche – Steve Hill: Many Challenge the Authority of the Word Despite its Clarity — “When the Scriptures contradict our feelings and preferences, RATHER THAN crucify our feelings and preferences and BOW DOWN BEFORE GOD and His Word, WE QUESTION GOD’S WORD”

(2 min video) Francis Chan: Judgement? Have you read the Bible? • “When we’re perfectly ‘ONE’ they’re going to start believing…” • “I made a decision that even when this Book doesn’t make sense to me, I’m still going to submit to it”

 

(video) Richard Anderson: “Be Perfect”…..Means, DO NOT SIN! :)

And it’s not only having sex, but lusting, JESUS said in Matthew 5:27-30:

“YE HAVE HEARD that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: BUT I SAY unto you, That whosoever LOOKETH on a woman TO LUST after her hath COMMITTED ADULTERY with her already IN HIS HEART. And IF thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is PROFITABLE FOR THEE THAT ONE OF THY MEMBERS SHOULD PERISH, AND NOT THAT THY WHOLE BODY SHOULD BE CAST INTO HELL. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast INTO HELL.”

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 “Be Perfect”…..Means, DO NOT SIN! :)

Jesus told 5 out of 7 churches in Revelation they were lost, on the way to destruction — Today, over 90% of “The Believers” STILL DON’T GET IT AND ARE MARCHING RIGHT INTO HELL…..believing they’re “under Grace” while LIVING IN SIN!!!???

Jesus told five out of seven churches of believers in Revelation that they were lost, on the way to destruction. The Smyrna believers were about to enter tribulation, whom he encouraged. Notice again! Jesus said that five out seven Christian churches of believers were on their way to Hell. Only the church of Philadelphia was doing well because they had kept [obeyed] his word with patient endurance.

Massive error had already taken hold 2000 years ago, until today the false church is pervasive with grace supposedly being a license to continue to sin…..And yet it seems evident to me (today) that over 90% of “The Believers” here in America STILL DON’T GET IT AND ARE MARCHING RIGHT INTO HELL…..still believing that they’re “under Grace” while STILL LIVING IN SIN!!!???

– Richard Anderson on Facebook, 4/25/17