“Thinking Correctly About God?”

Posted: August 25, 2018 in Songs, Worship

In our crazy, mixed up world where good is called evil and evil is called good (Isaiah 5:20), isn’t it time for us to think correctly about God and “worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24)?  A. W. Tozer tells us “The man who comes to a right belief of God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long.”

Let’s think about the love of God the Father for us sinners – the lawless ones (Romans 3:10-23).  God holds all of us (Jews and non-Jews) responsible for the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:13-15; 4:26-28). He died in our place so we could be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Matthew 25:41, 46).  True believers are allowed into heaven to spend eternity with God (John 3:16; 14:1-3).

For a moment, let’s focus on God’s goodness and kindness, (not His wrath – Revelation 16:11), that leads sinners to God (Romans 2:4). How about His grace (undeserved favor) toward us (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  

His mercies (i.e. His compassion for those who are suffering whether it be due to our own sins or the sins of others). They are new every morning, great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22, 23).

But don’t forget about His holiness (from which comes His wrath) that led the prophet to cry out, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips; And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips…” (Isaiah 6:3-5; See 1 Peter 1:15, 16). After his cleansing, God used him to cry out against the sins of God’s people, the Jews. In spite of Isaiah’s faithfulness, most of them refused to repent and turn to God  (Isaiah 6:9-13; See 2 Chronicles 7:14).

Don’t overlook God’s righteousness/justice that demands a payment for sin – lawlessness (Romans 6:23; See Genesis 2:17). Be thankful that God the Father was satisfied (propitiated) by the death of His Son for our sins (1 John 2:2).  God the Son volunteered to be our Savior and to die for our sins (Hebrews 10:5-10; John 10:15-18).

Think you can hide from God (Psalm 10:11)?  Think again; it’s impossible. God is omnipresent (Psalm 139) and omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). 

Lacking confidence in yourself?  Good.  Learn to rely on God instead (Proverbs 3:5, 6).  He supplies His resurrection power to His children to do the things He planned for us to do in this life (Philippians 2:13; 3:10; 4:13,19; Ephesians 2:10).

Unsure of your true status – saved or unsaved? Are you deceiving yourself (See Matthew 7:21-23)?  By looking into God’s Word we can discover the truth about ourselves (John 14:6; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). 

If you’ve never done this before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Do it now!

True believers can have assurance of their salvation from God’s Word (1 John 5:13) and from the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). 

If you, as a Christian, are having trouble sleeping at night, think on these things so you can enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6-8; See Isaiah 26:3).

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In the production of a major motion picture there are many people involved behind the scenes.  Have you ever paid much attention to the list of their names?  Probably not unless you, or someone you know, worked on it.  But without these people doing their jobs, the motion picture would probably be a flop.

Man’s Last Effort.  Ever since the dawn of human history man has been trying to elevate himself to be like God (Humanism).  Satan deceived Eve into believing that she could become like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and then making the decisions to live a happy and productive life (Genesis 3:5). Upon her and her husband’s eating the forbidden fruit, the two had their nature’s turned into sinful natures (dispositions) that, from then on, rebelled against the directives of God.  This sin nature has been passed down from generation to generation (Romans 5:1; Psalm 51:5).  We all possess one (1 John 1:8).  Contrary to what some “preachers” are telling people, all true Christians still have their sin nature, even though, at the time of their new birth (John 3:3-5), they also have participated in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4; See Romans 7:14-25). We all have the potential to engage in all the “works of the flesh” if we yield to the temptations from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25). But true Christians cannot live habitually according to the flesh (sin nature) or they will die prematurely (1 John 3:4-10; 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Events.  Prior to the coming of the “Seven Years of Tribulation,” as predicted by the Prophet Daniel (9:27), the True Church will be taken out of this world (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  With their removal, and the Holy Spirit’s removal of His residence from earth (2 Thessalonians 2:7), the world will go from bad to worse in a very short time.  No doubt, martial law will have to be imposed, and people’s freedoms will disappear quickly.  Then what?  See “The Order of Things To Come” [1]

Main Characters.  Among the main characters in this high drama will be the Antichrist, the false prophet, the Puppet Master – Satan, the Apostate Church, the rulers/kings of the earth, the Jews, and non-Jews.  Think of a game of chess with all its major players and its pawns.  Many people, knowingly or unknowingly, are playing right into the hands of the devil.  They have been called “useful idiots.”  He lulls most people to sleep (1 John 5:19), but there are some who are mature sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15).  But the One who will win in the end is the Lord Jesus Christ, who will become “The King of kings” and “The Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).  Is He your personal Savior?

Applications.  The Apostle Peter warned Christians to beware of the devil, who goes around like a roaring lion in an effort to overwhelm all those who are opposed to him (1 Peer 5:8).  We all need to “Understand The Times” in which we live and get excited as we see things falling into place rather than falling apart.  On several occasions, Jesus and the writers of Scripture warn us of “Things To Come” (Matthew 24, 25; 1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff; et al).  Those who ignore the warnings will get hurt and suffer the consequences.  Unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46).  Carnal Christians will lose rewards without losing their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See Romans 8:1).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you’re not sure of your salvation. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and use your spiritual gift with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13) for the glory of God and the good of others. Contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Share this information with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Send us your questions and/or comments.

“The Bad News & The Good News”

My friend, you’re a sinner like all the rest of us.

But Christ died for sinners…and rose again bodily.

Believe on Him alone and you will be saved.

Do it now! [2]

[1] “The Order Of Things To Come”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[2] The Gospel:  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

During World War II, General Douglas MacArthur had to leave the Philippines because of the Japanese threat.  But he said, “I shall return.”  Even though there was a possibility that something might go wrong, and he wouldn’t be able to return and rescue them, in God’s providence he did return and delivered them.

Promise. Before going to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead on the third day, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God [the Father], believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; it if were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a [single] place for [all of] you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Scoffers. Jesus said these words 2,000 years ago. The scoffers mock and say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” But with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. He’s long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:3-9) What about you? Are you a true believer?

When Will Jesus Return?

Jesus said, “All that [God] the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). Since no one, except God, knows when this number will be complete, true Christians are supposed to keep glorifying God (i. e. making Him known to others) and sharing the Gospel with lost people until He returns (See 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Blinded. The Apostle Paul tells us that the unsaved Jewish people currently have a judicial blindness over their spiritual eyes, so that they don’t see and believe in Jesus as the Promised Messiah (Romans 11:25). They, as a nation, rejected Him since He didn’t fulfill their political expectations. In order for anyone to be saved today, whether he’s Jewish or not, he/she must believe in/on the Lord [His deity] Jesus [true humanity] Christ Who died for all our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). When a Jew or a non-Jew gets saved today, they both lose their unique distinctions and become one spiritual body in Christ (Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:15). There shouldn’t be “Jewish Christian Churches” and “Gentile Christian Churches.”

God isn’t finished with the Jewish nation (See Romans 9-11). God has not replaced the Jews with the Church (Replacement Theology) [1]. Those who believe this heresy will contribute to the worst holocaust in history. Are you and/or is your church doing this? Are you or is it involved in B.D.S. (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Israel? If so, read Genesis 12:1-3 very carefully!

Adolph Hitler. Are you aware of the fact that Adolph Hitler was inspired by the anti-Semitic writings of Martin Luther “The Jews And Their Lies”? When Luther couldn’t convert the Jews to Christianity, he turned against them with a vengeance. [2]

Covenants. Before the Jews get all that God has promised to give to them in the “unconditional covenants,” (Example: the Promised Land – Genesis 15:18-21), they must go through “the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This will take place during last half of the upcoming “Seven Years Of Tribulation” that was predicted in the Old Testament (Daniel 9:27; See Matthew 24:15 ff; Revelation 12:13-17). This event seems to be right around the corner from where we are in time now (See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensation Chart” on our website).

How Will Jesus Return?

Confusion. Many people are confused today because they fail to realize that the “Rapture Of The Church” and the “Second Coming Of Christ” are two distinct events separated by seven years. One was a mystery during the Old Testament times (1 Corinthians 15:51, 5 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 16:25, 26). The other event was well known (1 Thessalonians 5:2). [3]

Why Will Jesus Return?

Promises. God will keep all His unconditional covenants (promises) that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants (Romans 15:4). If He doesn’t, then none of us as Christians can be assured that He will keep His promises to us either. But God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17).

Claim. When “all whom the Father has given to the Son, have come to Him” (John 6:37), God the Father will tell the God the Son to come back to claim His Bride, the True Church, and take us to the place that He has been preparing for all true Christians (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). Are you sure that you you be included in this group? Or will you be “left behind” to enter the “Seven Years of the Tribulation”? If you do, you will have a 50/50 chance of surviving it (See Revelation 6:8; 9;15)

What Follows These Things?

To learn more about the coming events, see our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart” on our website and read the corresponding article. (See Below.) [4]

Applications

Purpose. God doesn’t give us His Word just for our information, but for our transformation (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Romans 12:1, 2). He won’t leave true believers in the condition in which He found us. He takes sinners of all kinds and washes them, sanctifies them, and justifies them (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). On our Wedding Day (Rapture) all true Christians will be presented to Him as a chaste virgin (2 Corinthians 11:2). The blood that Jesus shed on the cross (1 Peter 1:19), once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (Romans 6:23), made it all possible for us to have Christ’s righteousness put to our account. Without it, we’d be condemned forever with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (See John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Help. We’re here to help you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to make sure that you are saved and headed for heaven (1 John 5:13). We also want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), learn how to serve God by using your spiritual gift with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10). Discover the joy of leading someone else to Christ and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Send us your questions/comments and SHARE this with others who might benefit from it.

[1] Replacement Theology http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

     Can The Jews Be Destroyed? http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/destroy.htm

[2] Martin Luther, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Jews_and_Their_Lies

[3] Rapture vs. Second Coming http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

[4] Order of Things To Come https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

“By The Light Of The Moon”

Posted: August 17, 2018 in Christian Life

You’ve heard about the man in the moon, and the men on the moon.  But how about “Every man is a moon and has a [dark] side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind it if you want to see it.” – Mark Twain.  Isn’t that so true?  We like to put on our best face before others so they will like us and treat us kindly.  We often think, if others really knew what we were like deep down inside, they wouldn’t like us.  That’s probably true.

   Loved.  But there is Someone who loved us in spite of our sinfulness (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).  God the Father gave His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to us so that He could, of His own volition (John 10:14-18), die as our Substitute for our sins…and then rise again bodily on the third day.  In order for us to be saved from eternal separation from God in the lake of fire, we need a living Savior who completely satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness and righteousness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10).

    Bad.  Some people don’t believe that they are bad enough to need a Savior.  It’s true, we’re not as bad as we could be, but we’re all as “bad off” as we can be since we’re all headed for hell unless the Lord Jesus Christ is our personal Savior.  None of us can get into heaven on our parent’s faith or by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  It’s an individual thing.  God has no grandchildren.
   Evil.  Just to give you an idea of how bad our hearts are (Jeremiah 17:9; See Isaiah 64:6), think about all the bad things you’d like to do if you could do them without getting caught or suffering any negative consequences.  Would you covet and then steal what belongs to others?  Would you engage in sexual immorality with someone, lie to get your own way, use drugs, and live as though you had no restraints on you, and do whatever you wanted to do?  Would you go so far as to kill someone?  Most of us don’t engage in this kind of behavior because we fear the law that might cause us to end up in jail (Romans 13:1-7).
   Admit.  One of the purposes for the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments was to show the Jewish people that they couldn’t keep all these rules that were designed for their own good (Romans 3:19; Galatians 3:23, 24; 1 Timothy 1:8-11).  These rules were supposed to get the Jews to turn to God for deliverance from the power and consequences of their sins – physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23; Genesis 2:17).
    Purposes.  God gave us the sun to rule the day, and the moon the night (Genesis 1:14-19; Psalm 136:8, 9). Furthermore, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).  When men refuse to acknowledge God’s existence and power and won’t give thanks to Him, but instead worship and serve the creature and creation rather than the Creator, God often gives them up to uncleanness and depraved living (Romans 1:18-32).
   Judgment.  Unbelievers will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22) at the Great White Throne Judgment and will have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 10:11-15; See Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).  No human being needs to go there since Christ died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2; 4:10).  But the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection are only applied to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not believe on Him right now (2 Corinthians 6:2)?
    The Light of the Moon – Enjoy it while you can.  Believe it or not, there is coming a day when it won’t shine any more (Isaiah 13:10; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 21:23).  When the sun goes out, the moon will no longer reflect the sun’s light.  Do you know how soon this could happen?  If not, ask for more information and Biblical proof.
   Application.  If you’re a Christian, are you reflecting the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) through your walk and your talk?  Do others see evidence of God’s life (eternal life) in you as you display “The Fruit of the Spirit” to others (Galatians 5:22, 23)?  Has the lens of your life become clouded by sins that need to be confessed to God (1 John1:9) and perhaps to others whom you have offended (James 5:16)?
   Light.  God’s wants all believers to walk in the light as He is in the light so that we can have fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:3-7; See Ephesians 5:8).  Are you enjoying it right now?
   Help. We’re here to help you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

Recently, while we were on vacation, we went into an ice cream shop for a treat. There were all kinds of flavors from which to choose. Since I lost most of my taste and smell several years ago, I chose chocolate which I can still taste a little.

Life. But life is much more complicated than making a choice about which flavor to choose for a moment’s pleasure. As someone has said, “Once on the lips, forever on the hips.” Ouch!

Freedom. The price of it is eternal vigilance. We, who live in the United States, often take it for granted and think that we will always have choices to make. But there are many people in the world who don’t have this kind of freedom. Think about the folks in Venezuela, South America, who took on socialism, and how much they have lost in recent days.

Socialism. Why do so many young people and others think socialism/communism is a better than our constitutional republic for which many of our forefathers fought and died to secure for us? Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Pres. Ronald Reagan
Suffering. Having suffered mercilessly at the hands of his German captors in World War II, and stripped of virtually everything he had, Dr. Victor E. Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Have you had an attitude check recently? Ask your friends to tell you the truth (Ephesians 4:15). As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 2:17).

Enemies. Our spiritual enemies are a far greater threat to us than our physical enemies are. The devil wants to enslave as many people as he can, and take them to hell with him. He isn’t happy when a person is “born again from above” (John 3:3-5). Have you been delivered out of the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of [God’s] love” (Colossians 1:13, 14)? If not, why not now?

Choices. Even after we’ve entered God’s family by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we have many choices to make. We can yield to sinful temptations, or we can/should resist and overcome them. Those who overcome them will receive the “crown of life” on Judgment Day (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Enslaved? You may be a true Christian, but perhaps no one has showed you how to live a victorious Christian life. I’m very grateful to the men who taught me the truth from God’s Word and what I need to do to overcome the temptations that come from the devil, my own sin nature, and the present world system. [1] We don’t have to sin, even though we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1; 3:9, 10). God has provided in the Scriptures everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who want to make sure of your own salvation (1 John 5:13), and then grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and serve God and others effectively (Galatians 5:13) in whatever legitimate occupation He has provided for you (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17). Jesus said to His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). What are others learning about God through your words and life?

Quote. “Only one life will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Better yet, only what’s done for God according to the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:5) and the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) will be blessed and rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Too many Christians do things independently of God (James 4:13-17; See Isaiah 14:14). These works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:15).

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[1] Maturing In Christ, by Dr. H. L. Schafer, http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

Video  —  Posted: August 16, 2018 in Christian Life, Decision Making

Recently I watched a video of some religious leaders talking about “carnal Christians.”  They said that there is no such thing.  I beg to differ with them (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

Basis Of Salvation.  People today are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  The content of the Gospel is “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  The condition:  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Lordship Salvation.  This is the false teaching that in order for a person to be saved today, he must make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of his life before he can be saved.  The conditions for spiritual maturity (discipleship) are made the conditions for salvation.  They “front load” the Gospel and thereby teach another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15).

Carnal Christians.  Within the pages of the Scriptures we find a number of people who were genuinely saved but carnal. Examples: Lot (2 Peter 2:7), some Ephesian Christians (Acts 19:19), some Corinthian Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; 6:1 ff; 11:30), the Apostle Paul while he was a new believer (Romans 7:14-25).

Danger.  If a person places his faith in Christ alone (apart from his good works – Ephesians 2:9) through the Gospel, he is saved.  However, if he decides to live by the dictates of his old sin nature, he is about to die physically (Romans 8:6).  

Self Confidence.  Sometimes Christians get the idea that they never could engage in certain types of sin.  They are deluding themselves and may be very near a fall (1 Corinthians 10:12; Proverbs 16:18).  Yielding to a temptation from any one of his spiritual enemies, whether it be the devil, his own sin nature, or the present world system, doesn’t cause a Christian to lose his salvation.  But it certainly could cause him to lose the joy of his salvation (Psalm 51:12) and die prematurely.  We all have “potential years” and “actual years.”  There is such a thing as “the sin unto [physical] death” (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20).  Are you committing it and about to die  physically (Acts 5:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Discipline.  A true Christian cannot ever be condemned and sent to hell (Romans 8:1, 35-39).  But his heavenly Father will discipline/chasten him if he is a true Christian.  If a person confesses to be a Christian, and deliberately engages in sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17), without ever being disciplined/chastened, it may indicate that he is merely a “professing” Christian rather than a “possessing” Christian who has eternal life from God.

Evidence.  God knows the exact moment we believe on Christ through the message of the Gospel (See Romans 4:3, 16).  But human beings can only see the “fruit” that a person produces in his life.  Some may say, “Show me that you are a true Christian by the way you walk and talk (James 2:18-20).  The “works of the flesh” are obvious to others (Galatians 5:19-21).  All of them are perversions of good things.

Failure.  Sadly, most Christians fail to keep “the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  The Christian’s “Rules for Living” are not the same as the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules.”  Each dispensation ends up in failure because man has the idea that he can live a life that pleases God without His help.  But Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The Scriptures also tell us that “[Christians] can do all things [that God wants us to do] through Him who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See 2 Peter 1:3).

Confession.  If you’re truly saved, but out of fellowship with God, you need to confess your known sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13).  Then learn how to avoid repeating the same sins over and over again.  Spiritual maturity takes time and the regular study of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17).

Help.  We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change.  If you’re tired of the miserable life you’re living, because God is making you miserable for your being carnal (Hebrews 12:5-11; See 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:26), and you want to enjoy the eternal life that God has given to you (John 10:10), we invite you to join us on a journey toward spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:10), and to a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9) instead of grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30; See 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Contact.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  It was designed with you and others in mind.  Please read the “Bad News & Good News” first to make sure you’re truly saved.  Then refer to the “Understanding the Times – Dispensations Chart” and use it to examine your personal life to determine what needs to change.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies.

Lordship Salvation

Lordship in exchange for Salvation? – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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

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

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

Strange and unpleasant things may happen when we’re obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians (Romans 8:14; 2 Timothy 3:12).  The Apostle Paul and Silas had been obedient to “the Macedonian Call” and crossed over into Europe rather than going back into Asia Minor (Acts 16:9). We can be thankful for that because had they not done this, we might be in spiritual darkness like many people in the eastern hemispheres are today.

Converts. Arriving in the city of Philippi, they didn’t find a synagogue so they went down by the river to preach the Good News concerning Christ to some people.  A business woman by the name of Lydia heard the Gospel and God opened her heart and she and her household believed, were saved, and then baptized/immersed (Acts 16:14).

Other Ways. Later as Paul, Silas, and Timothy proclaimed the Gospel, they encountered a demon possessed girl who was making her masters a great deal of money by her fortune telling. As she followed Paul and Silas around, she cried out, saying, “These men are servants of the most high God [true] who proclaim to us “a” way of salvation” [false]. (See Acts 16:17 in the Greek language).

Loss. This upset Paul so much that he rebuked the demon spirit and caused it to come out of the girl.  This led to her inability to predict the future.  When her masters saw that their “golden goose” had lost her power, they had Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in prison.  Strangely, they began to sing songs in the middle of the night and God sent an earthquake that opened up the doors of the prison making it possible for the prisoners to escape.

Question. When the jailer saw what had happened, he was convinced that he was about to die because he thought his prisoners had escaped.  Paul called out to him and told him not to kill himself.  In response to that, the jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

Command. Paul’s simple response was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  As a result of this, the jailer believed, along with those in his house, and they all were baptized/immersed (not sprinkled) that same night.  These people believed that Jesus was the Lord (God), Jesus (perfect man), Christ (the resurrected and glorified One). Acts 16:32 tells us that Paul also spoke the word of the Lord (the Gospel – See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17) to him and all his household. He also must have told them of their need to be baptized because that same night they were baptized/immersed.

False Teachers. Today, there are many false teachers (See 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13) who are telling people that they must do more than believe in order to be saved.  ExamplesPray, Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life, Stop sinning, Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life, Believe and do good works, Say the sinner’s prayer, Come forward and confess Christ publicly, Repent and be baptized, Deny yourself and take up your cross, Follow Jesus, Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  What about “Repentance? (See below.)

Cursed. Those who teach and preach another Gospel or another way of salvation have God’s curse resting on them. Basically they are doing the same thing that the young, demon possessed girl was doing.  They are telling people “There are many ways to God. Choose the one you like, feel good about it, and you will be fine.” Today many churches are filled with “professing” Christians who don’t “possess” God’s eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; See Matthew 7:21-23). Are you one of them?

Help.  We’re here to help you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

The Bad News & Good News”

My friend, you and I are sinners.

But Christ died for all our sins…and rose again bodily.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone and you will be saved eternally.

If you’ve never done this, do it now!

If you’re truly saved, share this message with others.

Repentance – What about it? The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible

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