In the Scriptures we read –“Judas went out and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5). “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). “What you do, do quickly (John 13:27).” All three of these passages are taken from the Bible. If you believe the Bible is God’s Word and authoritative, why haven’t you done this yet?

In the realm of real estate, they say it’s all about location. When it comes to interpreting the Bible, it’s about context. We also believe that it should be interpreted as we do other literature: normally, literally (which includes figures of speech), historically, and grammatically. It’s not hard to come up with all kinds of heresies by taking Bible verses out of the context in which they were written. The “allegorical” method of interpretation (i.e. a deeper, spiritual and symbolic meaning) has led to all kinds of heresies and false doctrines. It began in the Garden of Eden when Satan questioned what God had said (Genesis 3:1; See 2:17). The Apostle Peter warned believers about false teachers who would mislead untaught and unstable people by twisting the Scriptures to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). Have you been deceived by them? Are you being“tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14)?

One World Government. In recent days we have all kinds of people, including “professing Christians,” who have been distorting the Scriptures to push the devil’s agenda for a one world government and a one world religion. [1] Make no mistake about it, the Bible predicts that this is going to happen sometime in the future – perhaps soon. But God will set a time limit on this futile endeavor of man to defy God (Psalm 2). He won’t let it go on for more than seven years (Daniel 9:27). Otherwise man would destroy all life from the face of the earth (Matthew 24:22). Should true Christians be aiding and abetting the devil, demons, the Antichrist, and false teachers in their attempt to bring this about? Of course not (Romans 3:8; See 2 Chronicles 19:2; Revelation 18:4)? And yet, it seems like many are doing just this.

Fatherhood / Brotherhood of Man. While it is true that all human beings are descendants of Adam and Eve and are interrelated by blood (Acts 17:26; Romans 5:12), it is not correct to say that we all have the same spiritual, heavenly Father and that we’re all children of God. Jesus made it quite clear that some of the religious Jews of His day were actually children of the devil (John 8:44; See Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 3:10). Before anyone can become a spiritual child of God, he/she must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you placed your faith in Christ yet? If not, why not now?

Borders / Languages / Nations. God is the one who changed the languages and scattered the rebels at the Tower of Babel to the corners of the earth (Genesis 11:8). He is the one who decides the boundaries of nations and who will live where and for how long (Acts 17:26). He often uses wicked nations to punish other wicked nations. Examples: God sent the wicked Babylonians to enslave the rebellious Jews for 70 years for worshiping idols and violating the sabbatical year (Daniel 1:1, 2; Jeremiah 36:21; See Deuteronomy 28:15 ff)). Then God used the Medo-Persians to defeat the Babylonians. They were defeated by the Greeks who were defeated by the Romans. The final kingdom will be ruled by the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ during the millennium (See Daniel 2:36-45; Revelation 20:1-6). False teachers often allegorize the Bible and especially Bible prophecy and change the intended meaning of the Scriptures.

The Least Of These. In what is referred to as “The Olivet Discourse,” Jesus told His disciples what would happen in the future on judgment day to those who did or didn’t feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, take the stranger in, and clothe the naked (Matthew 25:31-46). He said, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did to it to one of the least of My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:40). “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom of prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Those who didn’t do these things will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life (Matthew 25:45, 46). Both groups were displaying their faith or lack of it by their works (See Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18-20).

My Brethren. Since not all mankind can be referred to in the spiritual sense as “My [Christ’s] brethren,” to whom does this refer? By looking at the context, we believe that it must refer to the 144,000 Jewish evangelists who will be taking the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world during the last half of the seven years of the Tribulation (Revelation 7:4-8). When a person, without the “mark of the beast” on him (Revelation 13:16-18), hears the message concerning the returning, promised Messiah and believes on Him, this person will be willing to share what little he has to help these witnesses continue to spread this Gospel until Christ returns at His second coming (Matthew 24:14, 29-31; Revelation 19:11 ff).

Social Gospel. In what is called “The Great Commission” Jesus said, “Make disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19, 20; See John 13:34, 35). The“Social Gospel” says, Go ye into all the world and feed the hungry, clothe the naked, build homes for the poor and care for the sick, become politically and socially active in order to eliminate the great social problems of our day and in order to impose Biblical standards upon society, or to change the world for Christ. [2]

Red Letter Christians. [3] These false teachers believe that the words of Jesus (found in the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5-7) are of greater value than the rest of the Scriptures (See 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). They seek to redefine moral values according to their interpretation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and other “red letter” passages. [2] They fail to realize that because of the Jews’ rejection of Him as their Messiah (John 1:11, 12; Luke 23:21; Matthew 27:21), Jesus postponed the setting up of His literal kingdom on/over earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; Daniel 2:44, 45; Jeremiah 30:7). He temporarily changed the focus of His direction away from His being the promised Messiah to His becoming the Savior of the whole world (Matthew 16:20; 23:37-39; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Romans 11:25).

Doing Good Works. We are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. Our salvation is not based on our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Isaiah 64:6). But once we have been saved, there are good works that God wants us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). We can/should demonstrate our faith before other people by our good works. “But someone will say, ‘You show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works’” (James 2:18). For other people to be convinced that our faith in Christ is real, they need to see our good works, especially as we love fellow Christians (John 13:34, 35).

The Scriptures. “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It tells us what is right (doctrine), what is not right (reproof), how to get right (correction), and how to stay right (instruction in righteousness). -Adapted from Dr. M. Kober. Within the pages of the Scriptures we have everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We don’t need the secular, humanistic philosophies of men that contradict God’s Word (Colossians 2:8; See James 3:13-18).

Questions. Have you been “born again from above” by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (John 3:3 ff)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13)? Are you “rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)? Are you living in the light of Christ’s any moment return (2 Timothy 4:8; John 14:1-3)? Have you been twisting the Scriptures or have you been misled by a false teacher who is doing this? If so, stop! God means what He says, and says what He means. Let’s adjust our thinking to His thinking and our ways to His ways (Isaiah 5:8, 9).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our audio/video teaching.

[1] One World Religion – The “John 17 Movement”

John 17 Movement: Satanically Inspired “Global Religion” With Pope Francis at the Helm

[2] What The Gospel Is“Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

What The Gospel Is Not http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

[3] Red Letter Christians https://www.gotquestions.org/red-letter-Christians.html

https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2009/10/red-letter-christians-neo-marxism-in.html

http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8595

War On Our Borders with Dr. Andy Woods

https://www.facebook.com/woods.andy.9/videos/1832432826780269/

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Two youngsters were discussing the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. One of them said, Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day except you can get him a cheaper gift.” That’s probably true. But today, I’d like to ask the question, What’s a godly, Christian father supposed to do? Let’s take a look at the Book for some answers.

In his letter to some suffering Christians, the Apostle Peter wrote Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Using the word “sober” as an acrostic, I’d like to remind Christian fathers and grandfathers about our roles and responsibilities in life. God wants us to be –

Saved and Secure. Yes, it’s possible for us to know for sure that we have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). A godly father’s “eternal, abundant life” should cause his children to want to be saved too (John 10:10).

Obedient to Christ’s New Commandment. Loving your neighbor as yourself was the Old Testament standard (Leviticus 19:18), but loving fellow believers as Christ loved us is a much higher standard for New Testament Christians (John 13:34, 35). Only Spirit filled Christians have this kind of “agape” love (Galatians 5:22, 23).  It needs to be displayed to others at the appropriate times (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13), at the proper objects (Ephesians 5:18, 25; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17), and for the right reasons (1 Corinthians 10:31). A godly father will seek the highest well being of his children even to his own peril (1 John 3:16, 17).

Baptized by immersion. This pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3, 4). A Christian father should do this to be obedient to the Lord (Matthew 28:19, 20), to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21), and to let others know that he is a true believer in Christ (Acts 8:36-38). Being baptized identifies us with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Beware of the fact that it could lead to one’s being ostracized by others and even physical death (1 Corinthians 15:29). We’re not really ready to live until we’re ready to die (Philippians 1:21-26).

Evangelistic. Before ascending back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted them to be His witnesses of His death for our sins and His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). What greater privilege does a godly father have than to lead his own children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Knowing and believing the facts alone won’t save us (James 2:18- 20). We must place our faith in Christ alone to save us (Ephesians 2:8-10). Remember, God has no grandchildren.

Resilient. It’s God’s desire that we don’t sin, but all Christians will sin (act lawlessly) from time to time (1 John 2:1; 3:8-10). When we do, we need to quickly confess our sins to the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; See Ephesians 1:7).  We also need to confess our sins to those against whom we have sinned (James 5:16). A godly father should acknowledge his sins when he commits them. We all should forgive others as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32; See Matthew 18:23-35).

Vigilant. In addition to learning how to live victoriously over our spiritual enemy the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17), each Christian also must learn how to overcome the temptations that come from his own sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16, 25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). A godly father will warn his children of physical and spiritual dangers propagated by false teachers (Acts 20:28-31; 1 Timothy 3:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:3-5; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Colossians 2:8; Proverbs 1:10).

Questions. Are you a “S.O.B.E.R.” Christian father (1 Peter 5:8)? Saved, Obedient, Baptized, Evangelistic, Resilient, and Vigilant?  Are you living a “victorious Christian life”? Is God abiding (i. e. “feeling at ease”) in you? Do you “feel at ease” with Him (John 15:1-8). If not, what needs to change? If you need spiritual help, we’re here to assist you to the best of our ability. Are you “teachable and willing to change”?

Contact. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share this information with others who might benefit from it too.

The Blame Game

In your opinion, what’s wrong with the world today? Who is to blame? Is it the Russians, the Chinese, North Korea, ISIS or is it our own country (the United States) that is responsible for the problems in the world? Maybe you’d like to blame the Democrats or the Republicans or your parents, your teachers, the police, or someone or something else? Do you ever blame God? Why not the devil?

Most of us don’t want to take responsibility for our own bad decisions and the evil things that we do. We like to think that it’s someone else who is responsible for the evil, sorrow, hatred, and death in the world. I think that you will agree with me that we live in a very troubled world today. It’s not a “wonderful world.”

The Solution

For every problem, there is a solution. Now, let’s suppose that you were placed in charge of straightening out the problems of the world. What would you do? You probably haven’t given much thought to it. Or perhaps you have.

Would this popular song express your feelings? If I ruled the world, / Every day would be the first day of spring, / Every heart would have a new song to sing, / And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring. // If I ruled the world, / Every man would be as free as a bird, / Every voice would be a voice to be heard, / Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred…”. Writers: Cyril Ornadel, Leslie Bricusse What obvious problems do you see with such sentiments?

Population. What would you do about the burgeoning population explosion? Would you promote the abortion of babies and the euthanasia of the elderly? Do you believe that abortion is murder? When does life begin (Psalm 51:5; 139:13-18)? Do you agree with the “social engineers” who say that the world’s population needs to be reduced down to about 500 million people? If so, how would you go about doing this and maintaining this level? (Read the Georgia Guidestones link below.)

Peace. How would you bring lasting peace to the earth? What was/is the purpose of the United Nations and how and why have they failed to establish peace on earth? What would you do to control and punish criminals who refused to abide by the rules? Who should make the rules for society? What if there were no rules and everyone did what is right in his own eyes? Discover for yourself what happened in the past when people lived this way. (See Judges 21:25; Genesis 6:5; 7:1-8:22)? What if someone thinks the rules are unjust? Would you like to be the one to determine what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable behavior? Would the rules apply to everyone or just to those who are in the lower classes of society? Would you exempt yourself?

Government. What sort of government would you like to see in the New Word OrderDemocracy, Constitutional Republic, Fascism, Socialism, Communism, etc? What do you believe is the best form of government? Why? How and who in the government would enforce the rules? What should be done with the criminals? Should capital punishment be abolished? If so, why? (See article below.) How would you go about to change the rebellious nature of man so he will comply with the rules of the New World Order? How would you keep people from being so self-centered and abusive of others?

Hatred. Why do many (perhaps most) of the Arabs (descendants of Ishmael), Edomites (descendants of Esau), and Muslims hate the Jews who descended from Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 16:1-12; 21:0-21; 25:31-34; 27:36, 41, 42)? How long has this hatred been going on (Genesis 16:12; 27:41)? When will it end (Isaiah 2:4; 11:16; 19:23; Revelation 20:7-10)? Who are the real “occupiers” of the land in Israel (Genesis 15:18-21)?

Expelled. Do the Jews have the rights to the land? Did they forfeit the unconditional promise that God gave to them when they rejected Christ as their Messiah (Genesis 15:18-21)? Is God done with the nation of Israel (Romans 11:1 ff)? Whom does God hold accountable for the death of Christ (Acts 2:22-24; 3:13-15; 4;24-28)? Has the Church replaced Israel? (Read article below.) Will the Jews in Jerusalem and in Israel be chased out of the land again (Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 12:13-17)? If so, when? Will God preserve and protect the remnant during the last half of the seven years of the Tribulation (Romans 11:5; Revelation 12:14)? If so, where (Isaiah 16:1)?

144,000. What do the Scriptures tell us the 144,000 Jewish evangelists and the other two witnesses will do for 3 ½ years during the last half of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 7:4-8; 11:1-12)? What will happen to those who bless the Jews and those who oppress and curse them (Genesis 12:1-3)? Why are many liberal churches in America involved in the BDS movement? Why are they are boycotting, divesting, and trying to place sanctions on Israel? Is the church you attend involved in this? How will this lead to the greatest holocaust in human history known as “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7)?

Borders. Should we abolish the borders and boundaries between nations that God determined (Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:17, 25)? Why did God change the languages of the people working on the tower of Babel and scatter them out (Genesis 9:1; 11:1-9)? When and how does God use nations for His purposes (Daniel 1:1, 2; 5:30, 31; Ezra 1:1-8)?

Superman. Why are so many politicians and others pushing to establish a New World Order and a One World Religion and economic system? Do you believe there may be a superman somewhere in the world right now who could straighten up the mess we’re in? Why does the devil always need to have such a man waiting in the wings (2 Thessalonians 2:7)? How might he use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to control the people of the world?

Religion. Many, perhaps most people are religious by nature. They believe that there is the possibility of life after death and that there is some kind of Deity who is behind everything even though most people know very little about Him. Why do so many “intelligent people” believe the theory of evolution that has been promoted in our educational systems (John 3:19; Romans 1:18-32)? Will the New World Order include a One World Church (Religion) under which people will be forced to live or die ? What will happen if they don’t go along with it (Revelation 6:9-11; 13:15)? Why do some people believe that the Roman Catholic Church will be the head of this organization (Revelation 17, 18)?

Economics. Why is there such a push for a cashless society. Is it to control the citizens of the world? Could this be accomplished by the use of special cards, or better yet, through the implantation of a chip in the hand or on some other place of the body (example: the forehead)? The Scriptures tell us that this will happen (Revelation 13:16-18). Are those who voluntarily take this mark doomed forever (Revelation 14:9-12)?

Date. Does the Bible predict that such things will happen in the future? Indeed it does. But when will they occur? The “Date Setters” have done a lot of damage by their false predictions. (See article below.) While we don’t know exactly when the “Rapture” will take place (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:12-18), we are confident that it will occur once all those whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him (John 6:37) and when “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” and they have been saved (Romans 11:25). God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). He will keep his unconditional promises to the Jews and to Christians. This is the basis of our hope – confident expectation (Romans 15:4). Do you know and claim God’s promises to you? (Ask us about them.)

Until Then. Every true Christian is instructed to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). This involves our spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), our service to God and others (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and our sharing the Gospel with lost unbelievers (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20). Our primary goal is/should be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31; See John 17:3). If you’re saved, are you doing this? If not, what needs to change? (See James 4:17).

Gospel. The Good News that leads to our salvation is that Christ died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then raised bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). When we place our faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Acts 16:31), apart from any good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9), God saves us by His grace. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have been helped by this article, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share this information with others. Press “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

Articles Worth Reading

Capital Punishment And The Sanctity Of Life” by Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1: http://www.manfredkober.com/materials/BB/BB_Capital%20Punishment%20and%20the%20Sanctity%20of%20Life%201.pdf

Part 2: http://www.manfredkober.com/materials/BB/BB_Capital%20Punishment%20and%20the%20Sanctity%20of%20Life%202.pdf

Population Control: Georgia Guidestones: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones

Proponents: https://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2009/05/26/billionaires-try-to-shrink-worlds-population-report-says/

Replacement Theology: https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

Is Date Setting Biblical?” by Manfred Kober http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/proph/dateset.htm

“My Life In Japan”

Posted: April 25, 2018 in Billy Pietsch, Japan

I am an American who grew up as a boy in Japan. I lived in your country for 14 years of my life from the time I was 4 years old, right after World War II. I attended Gakushuin elementary school for two years with my younger brother to learn Japanese. 

To become a better missionary, my father, Timothy Pietsch, went to Waseda University to study Japanese before the war. He became fluent in Japanese and had a radio program there for 35 years to tell people about Jesus. He also started a local church in Japan.

One day, while we were having a street meeting at the Shibuya train station by Hachiko square, he gave some Christian literature to Mitsuo Fuchida. He was the one who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. He became a Christian, was in our home, and then traveled in the United States with my father for awhile to tell other people of his new found faith in Jesus Christ.

My grandfather, C. Kelsey Dozier, went to Fukuoka in 1906 and started the Seinan Gakuin schools. When my wife and I were in Japan a few years ago, I spoke in Japanese to the students in the university, grade school, and high school just before their 100th anniversary.

My mother, Helen Dozier Pietsch, was born in Kobe in 1910. She lived most of her life in Tokyo and had a Bible kindergarten for 45 years. She had hundreds of students and graduates during this time. She was well known in her neighborhood.

Our son, Bill lived in Japan for 15 years.  For one year he also attended the university that his great-grandfather had started in Fukuoka.  He taught English to many Japanese middle school students. He also talked to many people about Jesus as he visited over 50 countries in the world during his vacation time, including the “Seven Wonders Of The World.” He died of a heart attack at the age of 38 in 2016 and is buried at the foot of Mt. Fuji with his grandparents.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

But I have another, much more important story to tell you about another man, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was not an American. He was a Jewish man who lived in the land of Israel about 2,000 years ago.

His Identity. He was and is the eternal God who came down to earth to live among us and to let us know what God was like. He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (John 1:1-18).

His Life. Unlike all others, He was born of a virgin by the name of Mary (Matthew 1:23). He lived on earth for 33 years without ever sinning or disobeying God’s laws (Hebrews 4:15).

Our Substitute. Then He volunteered to go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world, not just for the Jewish people (John 1: 11, 12; 3:16; 10:11). This means that He died for your sins and mine. He paid the debt for our sins that we all owed to God. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God the Father was satisfied with the payment that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ made for us (1 John 2:2). To prove this, He raised Him from the dead (Romans 4:25).

The Proof. The bodily resurrection proves that He was and is the only true and living God. His death and resurrection made it possible for us to go to heaven when we die to be with Him forever (John 3:16).

Same Way. No matter what our nationality may be, or what language we speak, all we have to do to be saved from hell and go to heaven is to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, who was buried for three days in a tomb, and then who rose again bodily from the grave on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

God’s Way. This may sound too simple, but it is the way God wants it to be so that anyone in any country can go to heaven. For by grace [undeserved favor] we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is a gift from God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16).

Believe. My friend, are you willing to put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from hell and take you to heaven when you die (John 3:16; Matthew 25:41, 46)? If you will believe on Him right now, I would like to hear about your decision.

Next Step. Once you have done this, we would like to share other information with you so you can grow spiritually and live the rest of your life to please God and tell other people about Jesus.

Contact. You can reach us through my website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you would like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” 

Helpers. If you would like to have a part in reaching Japanese people for Christ, please let us know. We need people, groups, and organizations to help us in this project. Most of all, pray for a great awakening in Japan where our family spent over 100 years trying to reach them for Christ. God is able to do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He wants His children to be F.A.T.R.E.E.(Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic).

Pictures. If you are interested, we have some pictures of my brother and me in our Japanese uniforms at Gakushuin, our street meetings at Hachiko square, Mitsuo Fuchida, my father making radio broadcasts, my mother’s kindergarten, that go along with My Life In Japan.” Let us know if you would like to see some of them.

Our Son’s Death. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/william-billy-austin-pietsch/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation

Japanese: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_cad9877375cc43d1b75036825e1fe903.pdf

English: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_bdbf26f0ab65413c97b45aaf14c86c6f.pdf

Recently, while our oldest son was flying home from a business trip, one of the passengers on board apparently had a heart attack. The flight attendant asked if there was a Doctor on board. So our son volunteered to help. He went and talked to the man to try to determine what was wrong with him. They were about an hour and a half into the flight over the ocean when the plane had to turn around and go back to the airport. Meanwhile, for the next 40 minutes, he administered CPR on the man hoping to revive him. But sadly, he didn’t survive.

Destinies. As I considered what happened that day, I thought about that man’s eternal destiny. I thought about all those on the plane who were planning to do other things that day but who were delayed from making it to their destinations on time as they had hoped. No doubt, there were some folks who were upset by this incident that interrupted their schedules. Others were surprised by the length of time that our son spent trying to revive this man. Some thanked him for trying to help him as they left the plane. Needless to say, it was a traumatic moment for all those on the airplane.

Vapor. I also was reminded of the passage in the Scriptures, where Jesus’ half brother wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17).

Deo Volente. These two Latin words mean “God willing.” Far too many people, including those who claim to be Christians, live like practical atheists and do not take God into their plans. God wants to be a part of our lives, and for us to rely on Him for wisdom to make good choices in life. “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). “For as many [Christians] as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, theses are the [maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Does this describe you or not?

Death. Having had one of our other sons taken from us unexpectedly two years ago on Easter Sunday, we are very mindful of the reality of death and the subsequent effects it has had on our lives and the lives of others who knew our 38 year old son, Bill. See link below.

Questions. Are you living independently of God? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We all are just one heart beat away from death. What are you doing with the life that God graciously has given to you? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do this before it’s too late? “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)? If you are a Christian, are you regularly telling others about Jesus and the salvation that He offers to all mankind (John 3:16; Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:2)? Are you living for fame, fortune, power, or pleasure? Or are you living to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you living independently of God and acting like a practical atheist? If so, stop! If you’re a Christian, confess that sin to God (1 John 1:9). Remember, God saves us by one act of faith, but He wants us to live habitually in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16, 17). How many of His promises, that are addressed to Christians, do you know and claim? (See below.)

Help. We’re here to help you if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re a Christian, we also want you to have the joy of leading other people to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved too (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To make sure that you are a true Christian, please read “The Bad News & the Good News that we have on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. See our “Understanding The Times” chart too. To receive future articles as they come out, please click on “Follow.” Also join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies.

Our Son Bill’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/william-billy-austin-pietsch/P

Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation:

In English. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_bdbf26f0ab65413c97b45aaf14c86c6f.pdf

In Japanese: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_cad9877375cc43d1b75036825e1fe903.pdf

Other languages: https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

It happened when the Apostle Paul and Silas had been preaching the Good News concerning Christ in the city of Philippi. They were unjustly beaten and then locked up in jail for allegedly causing trouble in the city after casting out a demon spirit from a young girl who was making a lot of money for her masters. She had been following Paul and Silas around and saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [Greek – “a way”] of salvation” (Acts 16:17).

Problem. Jesus made it very clear to His disciples that He was “the [only] way [to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life” (John 14:6). He was not one of many ways to God as some of the false teachers of the world are suggesting. The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). These are not “politically correct” statements to those who believe that all religions lead to heaven.

Earthquake. After an earthquake took place and loosened the prisoners’ chains, the jailor was about to commit suicide. Paul called out and said, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Upon hearing this, the jailor said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The Apostle Paul responded by saying, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:28-31).

Question. What did Paul mean by the word “Lord”? Did He mean that the jailor had to acknowledge and believe that Jesus Christ was the “Lord” meaning “God/Deity” or as some have suggested, the “Lord and Master of one’s life” so he could be saved? We believe that Paul went on to explain to him the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and things about the One in whom the jailor should believe – the God/man who died for our sins…and rose again on the third day (Acts 16:32).

Works. The Scriptures are clear. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5). The requirements for “Discipleship” in Christ’s day involved many things that were “good works.” There were a lot of people who were disciples (followers) who weren’t true believers. The Apostle Judas is a prime example (Matthew 26:25; John 6:71). There were many others who followed Jesus around, hoping that He would be their political deliverer and their “Welfare King” (John 6:15, 66).

Postponed. Because of the refusal of most of the Jews to accept Him as their promised Messiah (Luke 19:14; John 1:11, 12; 19:15), Jesus postponed the setting up of His literal, millennial kingdom on earth until a future date (Matthew 16:20; Revelation 20:1 ff). Is Jesus the true Messiah? (See link below). In light of what we see happening around us today, the setting up of the rule of the heavens over the earth (“kingdom of the heavens” – Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17) doesn’t seem to be that far off. (See our “Understanding The Times” chart on our website.)

Faith. Belief and faith are synonymous. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to tell us what is required for a person to be saved ( Examples: John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24 etc). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Are you adding other conditions/requirements for people to be saved? To do so is to cause people to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Lordship For Salvation. Here are some of the requirements that are wrongfully imposed by the “Lordship For Salvation” teachers on the unsaved people in order for them to be saved: Follow Christ / Surrender to Christ / Be Willing to Obey / Commit yourself / Turn From Sin / Be Willing to Sacrifice Everything / Give Up All For the Kingdom / Deny Self / Love Christ supremely / Give Up All Your Earthly Possessions if the Lord Should Ask This / Give Yourself Totally to Him / Fulfill the Demands of Discipleship / Etc. Etc. Etc.” [1] Aren’t all these things considered “works”?  Yes they are!  But our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).

Assurance. How could a person ever be sure that he/she had fulfilled all the requirements such as these? It would be impossible for someone to have “assurance of salvation” if all these works were required of someone in order to be saved (See 1 John 5:13). Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t make them conditions for salvation.

Lordship Because Of Salvation. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, it’s only “reasonable for a Christian to present his/her body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This is not a requirement for salvation as some would have us believe. Most new believers don’t do this at the moment of their salvation. But it is God’s desirous will for us to do this. “Carnal Christians” don’t do this (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). There are many things that are required of Christians if they want to mature in Christ, but they aren’t to be made conditions for someone’s salvation. Let’s not make our rules for living the conditions for salvation. Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (See our “Understanding The Times” chart.)

Gospel. God wants every saved person to share the Good News concerning Christ with others (Acts 1:8). By learning and sharing these 25 words, you could be instrumental in the salvation of another person from hell to heaven. “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] (See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  It’s the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16, 17).

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those believers who are involved in the salvation of others as they share the Gospel with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). God wants us to have the joy of leading others to Christ (Revelation 3:11). The greatest joy in life comes when we help new believers, whom we have led to Christ, come to spiritual maturity as they walk in truth (3 John 1:4).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this has helped you, please share it with others who might be misled by false teachings.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] George Zeller, Lordship Requirements: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel? https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Manfred Kober – Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?, Parts 1 & 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

Dr. Andy Woods, What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?, http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel, http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible,

https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Is Jesus The Messiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-the-Messiah.html

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill. True or False? If you believe in “humanism” (unlimited human potential), you might think that you can, but there are many things that the mind can conceive without our being able to achieve them. Example – I can conceive in my mind (perhaps in my dreams) that I could grow another 18” and that I could play basketball like Michael Jordan did, but this isn’t going to happen. Jesus said, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit (18 inches) to his stature” (Matthew 6:27)? Some people believe that they can become gods in this or the next life and repopulate others worlds through multiple wives. They worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

False Teachers. The “Word of Faith” false teachers have fallen into this lie too just like their father, the devil did (Isaiah 14:14; Genesis 3:5; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Some of them claim to be “little gods” who can just speak things into existence with positive thoughts and words. Some of them can be heard demanding God to do what they want done. Without realizing it, they are actually blaspheming God. We don’t demand things from God. Instead we should humbly ask favors from Him according to His will (John 16:13; 15:16). Have you, or has someone you know, come under the influence of the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness” false teachers? Please read 2 Peter 2:19; Jude 1:13.

The Gift. When God saves a person who has put his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, He gives each one of them a “spiritual gift” and enables him/her to do the work that He pre-planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:13; 4:13, 19; John 15:16).

Ignorant. The sad part is that most Christians don’t realize that God has given them a “spiritual gift” (1 Corinthians 12:1; 1 Peter 4:10), and so they don’t develop it or use it for God’s glory or the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 12:7; 13:1-13). Sometimes it’s the fault of the Pastor/teacher who doesn’t tell his people about this wonderful truth from God’s Word (Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:1-4), or it may be the believer’s fault for treating this matter lightly after being taught about it (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:11-14).

Rewarding. But once you, as a Christian, discover that you have one of these extant gifts and use it with “agape” love (1 Corinthians 13), your life will be much more rewarding and fulfilled (John 10:10). You won’t spend your life engaged in “worthless works” that will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Temporary. Some of these “spiritual gifts” were given out to some believers until the New Testament was completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; John 16:13, 14). These include: apostles, prophets, discerning of spirits, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, and healings.

Extant. These are the “spiritual gifts” that God is still giving out today to believers at the moment of their salvation: Evangelists, Pastor/teachers, teachers, helpers, ministers, exhorters, mercy showers, exceptional givers, exceptional faith demonstrators, organizers, and administrators.

Information: Spiritual gifts are (1) for service (1 Corinthians 12:7), (2) sovereignly given (1 Corinthians 12:28; Hebrews 2:4), (3) not natural, developed talents (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), (4) given to all Christians (1 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 4:10); (5) to be exercised in love (1 Corinthians 13), (6) given to help us determine our priorities (1 Corinthians 12:4-8), (7) not all permanent (1 Corinthians 13:8-13).

Discover. If you’re truly saved, here are some things you might do to discover your “spiritual gift.” (1) Know what the gifts are (1 Corinthians 12:1). (2) Be filled with the Spirit and walk by means of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 25). (3) Ask God to illuminate your mind (Ephesians 1:18). (4) Be available and patient (See Isaiah 6:8). (5) Ask for the acknowledgement of other Spirit filled believers (Acts 13:1-3). (6). Ask, “Does God seem to be blessing my efforts?”

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). To discover more about “spiritual gifts,” we invite you to go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com and go to the section on “Bible Basics.” To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this has helped you, please share this information with others.

You might want to check out these two articles too:

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-gifts/page/3/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/whats-a-pastor-to-do/