“The Story Of Hope”

Posted: November 8, 2020 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation

Heather came from a dysfunctional family where her parents fought often and where she was abused as a child. She didn’t grow up in a healthy or happy environment. But one day, when she was 10 years old, a friend invited her to a Bible Club for kids at her church. With her parents permission, she went to it. She forgot about her troubles at home and had a great time with the other kids and the group leader was very friendly to her.

Not long after attending this club, she heard “The Story of Hope” and put her faith and trust in Jesus as her personal Savior. Her life began to change dramatically and her parents noticed it. Not long after that her parents came to trust in Jesus as their Savior too. This made Heather very happy.

Shortly after she was saved, God began to work in Heather’s life and placed a burden on her heart to be a missionary teacher in Africa. Fast forward. The day finally came when she finished college. She had been approved by her church and a mission board, and had raised her support to go to Africa. Now she was on her way to be a fourth grade teacher. She had “high hopes” and wanted to teach her students the basics. But her primary goal was to share God’s love and “The Story Of Hope” with her students so they could be saved. Once saved, she wanted to challenge them to be and do their best for God and follow His leading in their lives.

She was a little nervous about meeting her students for the first time. They were curious, but friendly. She began by telling them some things about herself and the dysfunctional home in which she grew up, and what had happened in her life. Some of them were able to identify with her in this area. She told them how she came to know Jesus as her personal Savior and shared how God had been working in her life and why she wanted to become a school teacher.

To learn more about them, she asked for volunteers to share with her and the others what their hopes and dreams were. One boy enthusiastically said, “I want to be a Doctor someday if my family can afford for me to go to college and medical school.” A little girl said, “I want to be a chemist like my dad.” Another student said, “I want and hope to be a politician someday to help people out of poverty.” A few others shared their dreams and hopes with the rest of the class. Heather was excited to see their enthusiasm.

But she noticed that there were a few students who didn’t respond. So she went over to one of them and said, “Would you like to share with us what your dreams and hopes are?” Reluctantly, one boy said with tears in his eyes, “I hope when I get home today that my dad won’t be drunk and start beating me and my mother again.” Somewhat surprised, Heather was taken off guard. Another student chimed in to say, “I hope my older brother won’t end up in prison for a long time for using illegal drugs.” Still another one said, “I hope I won’t have to go to bed hungry again tonight like I usually do.” Heather’s heart was broken. She didn’t realize the hurt that some of her students were feeling at the time.

While many young people today seem to be excited about life and living, there are others who are very depressed, and even suicidal. Some children, whose parents can afford it, are taking medically prescribed drugs to keep them calm so they don’t hurt themselves and others. Other young people are killing their pain with illegal drugs and alcohol or acting up to gain attention.

When young people or older people lose hope, bad things begin to happen. Dreams are shattered. Husbands and/or wives often give up on their marriages. Some parents give up and abandon their children. Millions of babies are aborted every year. Pastors and missionaries have been known to quit the ministry and leave the people that were entrusted to them. Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt (questioning God and His Word) have destroyed many people’s lives. [2]

Perhaps you are a relatively happy person right now. Or maybe you’re pretending to be alright on the outside, but deep down inside you are really hurting. Do you feel like your life is falling apart? Do you feel hopeless? Be honest.

If you feel this way, could it be because you don’t know (1) where you came from (your past), (2) why you’re here on earth (your present), or (3) where you will go when you die (your future)? Maybe you’ve been taught in school and led to believe in the theory of evolution [3] and that you’re nothing more than an animal. Does your race (skin color), your face (bodily features), or your place (status) in life make you feel inferior, or perhaps superior to others? If you could change some things, what would you change? Think about this – “What do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? We have no reason to be proud. Furthermore, God hates it (Proverbs 6:17).

Maybe you feel hopeless at times because you have no clear purpose in life, and you aren’t sure if there is life after death. If you, like many other people, lack hope, I’d like to tell you another story. Unlike the fictitious story about Heather, the following story is a true story. It’s called –

The Story Of Hope”

If you’ll come with me, I’d like to take you across a bridge. It’s been called “The Chronological Bridge To Life.” [1] It’s a true story that is found in the Bible. As we cross this bridge, I’d like for us to focus briefly on 8 topics: God-Man-Sin-Death-Christ-Cross-Faith-Life.

God.  In the first verse of the Bible (God’s Word) we read,“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). God has always existed. He refers to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He created three heavens: the atmospheric heaven where the birds fly (Genesis 1:21; Revelation 19:17), the starry heaven where the angels dwell (Ephesians 6:12), and the third heaven where He currently resides (2 Corinthians 12:2). And, of course, we dwell on the earth that God created out of nothing. It is just at the right distance from the sun so we don’t burn up or freeze to death.

Man. On the sixth day of creation, God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This involved physical life and spiritual life. He instructed Adam (who probably was “red skinned”) [4] to take care of the fruit and vegetable garden that was located eastward in Eden. He told him not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His disobedience to this command would result in death (separation) – in the spiritual and physical realm. On the same day God also took a rib from Adam’s side and formed a woman to be his helper (See Genesis 1; 2).

Sin.  After Adam and Eve had been in the garden for some time,God’s enemy (the devil) used the serpent to deceive Eve into believing that if she ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that she would become like God (in one area), knowing the difference between good (what was beneficial) and evil (not beneficial). This part was true. But he lied when he said that she wouldn’t die. He is a liar and is called the father of lies (John 8:44). Being deceived by him, she ate the forbidden fruit and invited Adam to eat it too. Adam wasn’t deceived, but he ate the fruit anyway (1 Timothy 2:13, 14; See Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9). Sin is lawlessness – when we act like there are no laws/rules from God for us to obey (1 John 3:4).

Death. Adam’s disobedience resulted in both spiritual and physical death. As soon as they ate the forbidden fruit, they immediately became aware of the fact that their close and intimate relationship with God had been broken and they began to die physically (Genesis 5). They foolishly tried to hide from God Who knows everything. Their nature (disposition – natural tendency) became corrupted. They also realized that they were naked or had been stripped of something. So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves (Genesis 3:7). But God graciously gave them animal skins instead to cover their nakedness. This is when sin (lawlessness) and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27) and why the theory of evolution [3] isn’t true. There was no physical death until Adam sinned.

Christ.  For about the next 4,000 years men and women were given different “rules for living” to test their obedience to God. They were not different ways of salvation. [4] (Think about the different rules that govern sports – football, baseball, basketball, etc.) But, no matter what rules God gave to them, they kept failing to do what He told them to do. To demonstrate His love for the people who had rebelled (sinned) against Him, God the Father sent God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) down from heaven to earth to live among us for about 33 years (John 1:11, 12; 3:16; Hebrews 10:7, 9). His primary purpose was to make God known to us and to the angels (John 1:14; 17:3-5; 1 Peter 1:12). Jesus offered Himself as the promised Deliverer, the Messiah, and the rightful King of the Jews. He also came to seek and save lost sinners like you and me (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 2:2; 16:16; 27:11; John 1:29; See also Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8).

Cross.  God doesn’t want (desire) that any of us, no matter how bad we’ve been, to end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So Jesus Christ (the God-man), Who was born or the virgin, Mary, and Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), offered to die in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; See Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; John 19:30). When Jesus did this for us, God the Father was satisfied (1 John 2:2; 4:10). This made it possible for Him to save those who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 16:31).

Faith. True Christians can know (be absolutely sure) that God has forgiven their sins and that they are no longer condemned (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1). We know this is true because God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day with a glorified body. It has flesh and bones, but no blood (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 3:2).

NOTE: The Gospel (Good News) that we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins (once for all – Hebrews 10:10), was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Life.  When we place our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us, we receive eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Acts 16:31). It is God’s kind of life. We also receive a new nature from Him that is capable of pleasing God (2 Peter 1:2-4; Romans 8:8). But He also wants us to enjoy an abundant life as we think about our spiritual blessings and riches that He has given to us (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Decision. You alone must decide whether you will believe on Him as your personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Your decision will determine whether you spend eternity with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (John 3:18; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It’s not enough to just know and believe the facts of the Gospel; you must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the Christ of the Scriptures [5] alone if you are to be saved? Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to help you if you want/need additional information to make a decision to become a “true Christian.” We want you to be assured of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16), to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13). God also wants all Christins to reproduce themselves while they are here on earth (Matthew 28:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has. And then would you please share this information with others so they can be helped too?

[1] “The Chronological Bridge To Life” Information taken from https://www.goodsoil.com/

[2] Hope. Adapted from Ray Johnston – http://hopequotient.com/blog/category/hope/page/2/

[3] Video – Evolution vs God: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/evolution-vs-god/

[4] The Original Red Skins. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/the-original-red-skins/

[5] Seven Dispensations. Download a FREE copy of it from our website: “Understanding the Times”

[6] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Other Helpful Information:

Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel?” 

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

Do you profess to be a Christian but act like God doesn’t exist. Are you a “practical atheist”? Suppose, after listening to you talk and observing your walk in life, someone were to ask you these questions about your faith, what would you say? Are you absolutely (100%) sure that if you died today you’d go to heaven immediately? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do, or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Please think about them carefully and be ready to give an honest answer to anyone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15). Furthermore, if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Sadly, many Christians have doubts about their salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven). Are you one of them? Many people believe that they have to go to Purgatory for awhile before they can go to heaven. In other words, they can’t go through the front door but only through the back door. Others think it’s very presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows for sure that he will go to heaven the moment he dies. What are your thoughts about this? We’d like to hear from you.

Why do so many people lack assurance of their salvation? Dr. Larry Moyer, in his book entitled, “How To Book On Personal Evangelism” suggests several reasons for this. [1]

First, he writes, there are those who have never understood the Gospel. Or perhaps they struggle with the fact that salvation is freely offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). There are no “good works” that a person needs to do to be saved. It’s all of grace – unmerited favor from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). What is the Gospel that leads to salvation? Jesus Christ, the God-man, Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), died in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God. His bodily resurrection from the dead assures us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 6:23). The only thing that a person must do is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, and he/she will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used almost 100 times in the Gospel of John as the only condition for us to be saved.

Most people think that good works or faith plus good works are the means of our salvation. When asked, “Why should God let you into His heaven,” some can be heard to say, “I try to live by the 10 commandments and do good works. Furthermore, I’m not as bad as some people I know.” They miss the fact that salvation is granted only to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Unbelievers can’t have a Biblical assurance of salvation. But the devil will try to convince them that they don’t need God and are OK without Him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19).

Second, there are people who fail to realize that God’s gift is called eternal life” and involves eternal security” (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29). It isn’t something that God takes away from a Christian just because he/she is disobedient periodically to his/her heavenly Father (1 John 3:9, 10). Furthermore, “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). Having “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) right now should cause true Christians to want to live a holy (pure) life that pleases God and be devoted fully to Him (1 Peter 1:16; 3:15; Romans 12:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Christians who live carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21) in disobedience to their heavenly Father can/should expect to be disciplined/chastened by Him (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30) without losing their salvation and eternal security. (See John 10:28, 29.)

Illustration. Dr. Moyer tries to illustrate three types of people by drawing three circles. In the first circle, he puts the letter “W”. This refers to those who want to gain entrance into heaven by their good works. Underneath the circle, he puts the words “Unnecessary.” This individual says, “It wasn’t necessary for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. I’m not so bad and I can make it on my own.” The second circle has “C+W” in it. Underneath this circle is written the word “Disappointing.” This person believes that Christ paid for some sins, but not for all of them. He/she believes that salvation is a partnership, not a gift. The third circle has a “C” in it. It refers to the fact that Christ alone paid our debt to God by dying for our sins (Romans 6:23). He satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2). Underneath this circle is the word “Sufficient.”

Third. Dr. Moyer also points out that some people lack assurance of salvation because they have been the victims of false teaching. We need to study God’s Word carefully so we see for ourselves what God said (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). We must be careful not to read into the Scriptures what we want it to say. Instead, we should seek to find out what God the Holy Spirit wanted conveyed to us through the human author. Some teachers of the Bible make the “rules for living” and spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation (Example: “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”) [2] Others tell their people that if they don’t pray, love, forgive (and the list goes on and on), they aren’t saved. This becomes very subjective. How could anyone be assured of his/her salvation if such things have been imposed on someone as a condition for salvation? Our good works and service to God and others should be done out of love, not grudgingly out of obligation (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Many Christians have never been taught how to study and interpret the Bible. (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart & Bible Study Helps book marker.”)

Fourth. There are some people who seem to have doubts about everything. They have doubts about being loved by their spouses, their children, and their friends. They can’t believe that God could love them and forgive them because of all their past, horrific sins. Perhaps they have been led to believe that they’ve committed an “unforgivable sin.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Judicial forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1) comes to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

Know So Salvation. Can true believers know for sure that they have “eternal life” as a present possession and that they will spend eternity with God in heaven? Yes, since God’s Word is trustworthy (1 John 5:13; See John 17:17) and God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with the true believer’s spirit that he/she is a genuine child of God (Romas 8:16). One’s lack of assurance also may be due to unconfessed sins. “If we [as Christians should] confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If a believer wants to be “at ease with God” (abide – John 15:1-8), and enjoy intimate fellowship with God, he/she needs to walk in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:6, 7).

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. Please let us know if this article has helped you, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998,pp. 103-115

https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780825431791-larry-moyers-how-to-book-on-personal-evangelism

[2] Lordship In Exchange For Salvation: (Must reading)

Dr. Andy Woods, https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html/

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

George Zeller: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea, “Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Eternal Security: https://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-security.html

https://bible.org/seriespage/14-assurance-eternal-security

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“The Greatest Story Ever Told”

Posted: September 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

One of the things I love to do is to share with people “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is “The Good News” concerning Jesus Christ and what He has done for us human beings. God wants all His children to share this story with others while we’re here on earth (Mark 16:15). Our world is filled with bad news. But the worse the bad news gets, the better “The Good News” sounds.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that we are living in perilous times in our own country and all around the world, especially since the Covid19 epidemic and the riots, burning, looting since the death of a black man several months ago (See 1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff). People everywhere are hurting and are longing for peace on earth. Will it ever come? If so, when and how?

The Bible is quite clear about many things that will happen in the future. Rather than “things falling apart, they are falling into place.” (I have several charts that I’ve prepared for those who might like to know what has been predicted in God’s Word, the Bible. I will have some links below for you to click on and read if you desire to examine them for yourself.) [1]

To really understand and appreciate this information, one needs to be a person who is at “peace with God” (Romans 5:1). This comes to any and all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Believers can also have the “peace of God” that passes all understanding when certain conditions have been met (Philippians 4:6, 7).

I want my love and compassion for those around me to be like the love that Jesus had as He wept for the people in Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37; See 2 Corinthians 5:14). As I meet people, and as God opens doors for me (Revelation 3:7), I try to find something to say to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them.

If you’re a true Christian, I want to help you earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for leading people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Allow me to illustrate what I like to do when opportunities come my way.

Recently I came across some young fellows at the gym where I work out. One fellow had a shirt on that identified him with the marines. So I asked him about his shirt. He told me that he had been in the marines for about 12 years. I thanked him for his service to our country. I asked him how old he was and he told me he was 32 years old. I told him that I was happy that he wasn’t killed while he was in the service. I then told him about our son, Bill who was 38 when he died in Japan. [2] Then I gave him a tract about my son and the Gospel message on the back and asked him to read it when he had a few moments.

I also met a couple other younger fellows there. One had a shirt with the name of a college on it. I asked him if he went to that particular college. He told me that he didn’t but he liked the shirt. I asked him his age and then I told him about my son’s death. Then I mentioned to him and his friend that they probably didn’t get up in the morning expecting to die. But I told them that this is a real possibility with any and all of us (Hebrews 9:27). Life is like a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away (James 4:14). So let’s “Treat every day as though it might be our last day on earth.”

After giving them a Gospel tract I’d written, [3] they told me that they both were believers. So I made a couple new friends and got their names and invited them to go to my website for more information that is designed first to help unbelievers become true believers, and then to help Christians grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20).

In Dr. Larry Moyer’s book entitled “How-To Book on Personal Evangelism” [4] he writes about the importance and privilege of sharing the Gospel with others rather than thinking of evangelizing others as an unpleasant duty or a chore.

If you’re a Christian, do you ever share the Gospel with others? If so, do you witness to them out of guilt? Or are you amazed that God would even allow you to share the Gospel with others? Are you presenting the Gospel clearly to them or are you confusing them?

Could/would you memorize these two Bible verses and then share them with others as God the Holy Spirit opens doors for you so unbelievers can be saved? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). “Christ died for our sins…and rose again on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Dr. Manfred Kober put it this way – “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now.” [5]

For anyone to be saved, he/she must believe in/on the Christ of the Scriptures alone, apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The Gospel (Bad News & Good News) which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) must include, not only the fact that Christ died for our sins, but also the resurrection of Christ which is often left out by many people, including Christian leaders and teachers.

Without Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:36-43), we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:17). His bodily resurrection assures believers of the fact that God the Father accepted Christ’s substitutionary death as a sufficient payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 6:23). It also assures us of the fact that everyone who has died physically will be raised from the dead someday. Our works will be judged to determine our degree of pleasure in the next life if we’re true believers, or our degree of torment we will experience in the lake of fire if we’re an unbeliever (Hebrews 9:27). There are different orders of resurrections in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Believers will spend eternity with God, but unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want anyone to end up in hell (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Salvation is offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Are you depending on any of your good works to help you get there (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? How secure are you? Do you lack assurance?

We are here for those who seek spiritual help and 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 this article has helped you, please let us know and then SHARE it with others. Remember – The Lord Jesus Christ won’t return for His True Church, the “Body of Christ,” until all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved (John 6:37, 44; 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). If you’re a true Christian, will you do your part in this great effort by sharing the clear Gospel with others? [6]

[1]“The Order Of Coming Events” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/ (See also our “Understanding The Times” chart of our home page.)

[2] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

[3] “The Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[4] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998, p. 65 ff

[5] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[6] Dr. Ron Shea, “Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

You might think that she would have lived her life as a bitter woman because a “Doctor” gave here the wrong medication which caused her to go blind at a very young age (six weeks old). But instead, with the help of her godly grandmother, who taught her about God and His Word, she allowed the Lord to use her “handicap” to bless the lives of countless others through the six thousand Gospel songs she wrote. Included in the list were these: Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” and “Rescue The Perishing.”

“Rescue The Perishing” was written after she had met a young, blue collar worker at one of her speaking engagements. During her talk, she felt compelled to ask, “If there is a dear boy here tonight who has perchance wandered away from his mother’s home and his mother’s teaching, please come at the end of the service and talk to me.”

When the meeting was over, a young man (18 years old) approached her. “Did you mean me?” he asked. “I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but the way I have been living, I don’t think that will be possible now.” This blind lady then had the joy of leading that young man to Christ. Upon returning to her room that night, all she could think about was the theme “Rescue The Perishing.” (See Jude 1:22, 23). So she wrote the words to the song we often sing in church. [1]

Rescue the perishing.” God the Father loved the people of this world who had sinned (acted lawlessly) against Him (John 3:16; See 1 John 3:4). He wanted to rescue us so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He saw us in a desperate condition. To make this deliverance possible, One of the members in the Godhead needed to come down to this earth (Philippians 2:5-11), add to His deity at true human nature and a real body (John 1:1-18; Hebrews 10:7, 9). He needed to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and live a sinless life Himself (Hebrews 4:15). Then He would need to die as our Substitute to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins/acts of lawlessness (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). So God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ volunteered to die for our sins. But without His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:17), He wouldn’t be able to save to the uttermost those who would come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25; 11:6). That is why He rose again from the dead and now sits at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Colossians 3:1).

Care for the dying.” Not only are we all dying physically a little bit each day, every baby who comes into this world is born spiritually dead and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1). We all need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23). Being born of Christian parents doesn’t guarantee our salvation. God has no grandchildren. It’s an individual decision we must make for ourselves – Believe in/on Him as our personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Why would anyone do this? Could it be because they love darkness rather than light (John 1:12; 3:19). What about you?

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.” God looks with grace, mercy, and pity on us sinners and has done everything necessary for us to be saved and to live a godly, Christian life (2 Peter 1:3, 4). No amount of good works can save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). All we need to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and we will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not trust in Him right now?

Weep o’er the erring one.” So few Christians ever weep for lost people as Jesus did when He looked over the city of Jerusalem and said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37; See Romans 9:1-3). Jude, the Lord’s half-brother wrote: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:20-23). Has your love for God, for other Christians, and for lost people grown cold or indifferent (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Revelation 2:4)? If it has, renew it and let God live His life through your life (Romans 5:5; Galatians 2:20).

Lift up the fallen.” We’ve all fallen into sin and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As Jesus cast out a demon from a young man and lifted up him up (Mark 9:17-27), so may we be in a position to lift up the fallen and…

Tell them of Jesus.” Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only One who can save us eternally (Acts 4:12). The false Christs and a false gospel message leads to everlasting destruction (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). False teachers “are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:12, 13).

The mighty to save.” Jesus, along with the other two Members in the Godhead, is the omnipotent God (Revelation 1:8), who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1- 3; Colossians 1:15-17). There is no one whom He can’t save no matter how bad a person has been. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; See 1 John 3:4-9). When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved, we are judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) and cannot be condemned (Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness is based on a Christian’s honest confession of his/her sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9).

Feeling Useless? Fanny Crosby, [2] the blind author of this song and many of the other hymns we still sing, might have thought at one time that maybe God couldn’t use someone like her for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). But she didn’t allow the devil to defeat her and become bitter or to have an unforgiving spirit toward the “Doctor” who was responsible for her being blind (Hebrews 12:15; See Ephesians 6:17). Once she was saved, she dedicated her life to God (Romans 12:1, 2), and He used her in a mighty way to bless others (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you (See Ephesians 3:20; 1 Peter 4:10)? If so, consider these Bible characters whom God used for His glory:

Noah got drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was a blasphemer and a murderer, Timothy had an ulcer, and Lazarus was dead! [3]

Application. All of us have challenges, hardships, trials, and testings in this life that could easily cause us to become bitter, angry, rebellious, cynical, and hateful toward others who have hurt us. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Think for a moment about those who have hurt you deeply or let you down in life. Have they treated you as badly and as often as you’ve treated God? Has God forgiven you? If you’ve been forgiven, then why are you unwilling to forgive others (See Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:32)?

If you are a true Christian, is your bad attitude (B.A.) keeping you from having and exhibiting the nine parts of the “Fruit of the Spirt” (Galatians 5:22, 23) in your life? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance into your own hands (Romans 12:19-21)? How is your bad attitude affecting the unsaved people around you? Do you grumble, gripe, and complain often in their hearing as the children of Israel did while they were in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-12)? Are you suffering physically or mentally and about to die prematurely because of your rebellious, and unforgiving spirit (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 15:23)? Do you know that God wants us, as believers, to bless and pray for those who persecute us (Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44)? Is honest confession to God and others (if necessary) in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

When we are tempted by the devil to be bitter or have an unforgiving spirit, we need to put on the whole “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17). The “helmet of salvation” is the piece of the armor that helps us overcome these two temptations (Ephesians 6:17).

If you are saved, and rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18), you are in a position to help someone who has a bad attitude (B.A.) and take part in adjusting his/her thinking before sin is involved (Galatians 6:1 ff; 1 John 3:4). You could keep a person from dying prematurely (1 John 5:15; James 5:19, 20) so he/she can live a productive life for the glory of God and good of others.

One ship sails east

One ship sails west

Regardless of how the winds blow.

It is the set of the sail

And not the gale

That determines the way we go.”

Charles R. Swindoll [4]

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] “Rescue The Perishing” story. Robert J. Morgan, “Then Sings My Soul” Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, p. 175

[2] Fanny Crosby https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bcrosby15.html

[3] https://www.jollynotes.com/biblical-examples-of-imperfect-people-god-used-in-the-bible/

[4] Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1992, p. 34

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Music Video: Rescue The Perishing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Perhaps you enjoy reading mystery novels or like watching crime scene investigations. I found the “Columbo” TV series to be very interesting as Detective Lt. Columbo went about looking for clues in his investigations as he tried to “convict” the real criminal. Do you remember his catchphrase “Just one more thing”? He always got the right person who was the guilty party.

Criminals. There is a lot of criminal activity going on in all levels of society and there are crimes that never get solved. Eye witnesses often are “mysteriously snuffed out” before they can testify in court. Sometimes critical evidence is withheld or distorted so as to convict the wrong person. Perhaps this happens more often than we might want to admit, and it’s happening all over the world. As the Scriptures teach, it’s going to get worse as lawlessness (sin) abounds (2 Timothy 3:1 ff; 1 John 3:4).

Unjust Judges. While there are judges who haven’t been corrupted by bribes, others misuse their office and condemn the wrong person and release the guilty party. This problem existed in the Old Testament times among God’s chosen people, the Jews, and it still happens today. Crimes will continue to be committed Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

The Righteous Judge. But there is coming a day when everyone of us will stand before the Righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27). It won’t be to determine if we get into heaven or end up in the lake of fire, but to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our suffering in the lake of fire forever (Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Condemnation. He who believes in Him [i. e. the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day – 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18; See Romans 8:1). Once a person dies physically, his/her eternal destiny is settled and irreversible.

Omniscient & Omnipotent. Being God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11), the Lord Jesus Christ knows everything we’ve ever thought, said, and done. He also knows our motives. “Probable cause” won’t be an issue with Him. Good works done by Christians with bad motives won’t be rewarded (1Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents [motivations] of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12; See 1 Corinthians 4:5). “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light” (Mark 4:22; See Psalm 139).

Denial. “[The wicked man] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t be deceived, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). But I [Jesus] say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).

Lake Of Fire. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you [who have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day] were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Confused? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? What would you say to him/her?

Contact. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

“Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Do you ever feel like you are a puppet or a patsy who is being “used” or “controlled” by someone else? Consider the demon possessed girl at Philippi who brought her masters much gain (Acts 16). [1] Some authors claim to have “spirit guides” helping them write their books. Cult leaders and false teachers tell us that they receive new revelation/information from God (See 1 John 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 11-15). [2] Do you ever feel like words are being put in your mouth by someone else? Do they twist your words to mean something other than what you intended for them to mean (2 Peter 3:16)? Do you ever wonder if our politicians are being manipulated and afraid to speak out against all the evil that is going on in our world (Isaiah 5:20; Romans 1:32)? What will happen to them on judgment day (Hebrews 9:27)?

Rulers. What kind of people does God usually allow to become the rulers over others (Daniel 4:17, 25)? What’s going on behind the scene? Is there an unseen “chess game” going on between God and the devil? (See Job 1; 2; Daniel 10; Ephesians 6:12) What is at stake? Is there a remote possibility that the devil could lose a few key players but win the match against God? “Dualism” teaches that there are two opposing forces of equal power called good and evil. Is this Biblical? [3]

The Globalists. Todd Hampson writes, What we’re seeing [today] is a globalist plan to take down America. This plan has been in place for decades and has progressively ramped up the past 12 years to never-before seen levels. There are very real, very well organized, very intentional, very prophesied (if I can use that as a term), very powerful people behind the scenes fomenting division, disorder, lawlessness, and instability in America. Globalists want to take America down because it will implode the world economy and they want to rise to power through order out of chaos. It’s on our dollar bills, it’s in their public speeches, it’s out in the open. They don’t even hide it any more. Please research this for yourself and please prove me wrong. It’s hidden in plain sight. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Behind these globalists is an even bigger, more organized puppet master–Satan himself.” [4]

The Devil’s Plan. Since the devil tried but couldn’t get Jesus Christ to bow down and worship him in exchange for the kingdoms of this world over which he rules (Matthew 4:7-10; Ephesians 2:2), he’s going to try to get God’s chosen people, the Jews, to worship him instead. The final attempt will take place after his man of sin, the lawless one, (“Anti-christ”) has signed a “Seven Year Peace Agreement” with them (Daniel 9:27). He promises to provide peace, prosperity, and protection for the Jews from the surrounding enemy nations for the seven years of the Tribulation but breaks his promise after 3 1/2 years.

Killed. This happens when Russia and her allies come against the tiny nation of Israel in the middle of the Tribulation (Ezekiel 38, 39)  The “Man of Sin/Lawlessness” (Anti-christ) will be allowed by God to go to Israel’s defense and destroy Russia. But he himself will be killed in this battle and to the amazement of everyone, he will also be resuscitated back to life. But then, his assistant, the False Prophet makes a bid mistake when he has a statue/image of the Anti-Christ made and placed in the Holy of Holies, in the rebuilt Third Temple. Everyone will be required to bow down to his image and take the “Mark of the Beast” if they want to buy or sell anything. Having learned not to worship idols while they were in Babylon (Daniel 3), the Jews will refuse to bow to the Anti-Christ’s image or take his mark on themselves (Revelation 13).

Petra. In His discourse on the Mount of Olives Jesus warned the Jews who would be alive during this future time to flee, as fast as they can, to the mountains and go to Petra/Sela (Matthew 24:15 ff; Isaiah 16:1). Here God will protect them and provide for them as He did during their wilderness wanderings for 40 years (Nehemiah 9:21). He will also “weed out” the rebellious Jews (through the “Trumpet Judgments”) as He did while they were in the wilderness so that those who endure physically the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) will be the true believers in the Messiah who was crucified and who died for mankind’s sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day (Matthew 24:13). They, along with Gentile believers who survived the Tribulation, will enter the 1,000 reign of Christ on/over the earth and will repopulate the earth (Matthew 25:1-13, 31-40; Revelation 20; Zechariah 12; 14). The first generation in the millennium will all be saved people.

Rulers. The Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). King David also will be raised from the dead and be the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; See Revelation 19:16). Other faithful Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead and will rule over cities on earth (Luke 19:17; See Isaiah 1:26).

Promises. The devil knows that if he can disrupt God’s plan for the ages and keep Him from fulfilling His unconditional promises to the Jews, he can call God an “impotent liar” Who can’t cast him into the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). But God can’t/won’t lie and He will keep all His unconditional promises to the Jews (Titus 1:2; Revelation 1:8; 20:10; See Romans 15:4).

God’s Agenda. The next major event on God’s calendar takes place when Christ keeps His promise to return for those who are true Christians and delivers us from having to go into or through the Seven Year Tribulation on earth (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). [5] This event is called “The Rapture” (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It was a mystery in the Old Testament times, but it shouldn’t be mysterious to Christians (Romans 16:25-27). It is sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying. [6]

Questions. Friend, Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If you are, please write us a note and share with us why you believe God should let you into His heaven. Why? Because “Not everyone who says to Me [Jesus], ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21; See John 6:28, 29).

Help. We want to help you have assurance of your salvation (See 1 John 5:13; 2 Peter 1:10). Once you’re truly saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, serve God and others effectively, and reproduce yourself. If you have questions/comments we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] Demon Possessed Or Oppressed? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[2] Spirit Guides: https://www.gotquestions.org/spirit-guides.html

[3] Dualism: https://www.gotquestions.org/dualism.html

[4] Todd Hampson: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4209

Nationalism v Globalism: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/nationalism-v-globalism/

[5] True Christians, How To Become One Of Them “Bad News – Good News”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[6] Rapture and Coming Events:

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-order-of-coming-events-part-1/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-order-of-coming-events-part-2/

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

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

Recommended Reading:

Dr. Renald Showers “What On Earth Is God Doing?” https://store.foi.org/p-134-what-on-earth-is-god-doing.aspx

Marcia Montenegro: “What Is A Spirit Guide?” http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Spirit%20Guide.aspx

 

Necromancy is defined as the conjuring of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.” [1] “Man’s interest in the future is legendary, and many prophets – true and false – have tried to satisfy that interest. Prophecy is a risky business because you can’t stay in business if you have too many failures.” – Dr. Charles Ryrie [2]. Furthermore, false prophets in Old Testament times were to be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-11; 18:20-22).

With all the trouble going on all over the world today wouldn’t you like to know what the future looks like? I believe most of us would like to know more about it so we can make plans for ourselves and our children and to calm our fears. But where can we find a consistent, reliable source?

To draw crowds to themselves and their “ministries” there are false prophets and teachers today who resort to consulting with the dead and/or claim that God is still giving them new revelation/information for them to pass on to others. Of course, there is a price attached. Such is the case with many who associate themselves with the New Apostolic Reformation and some other groups. [3]

In the Old Testament times, King Saul, the first king of Israel, tried to consult with the dead through the witch who lived in Endor. He wanted her to summon the Prophet Samuel concerning the future because the Holy Spirit had departed from him and an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14), who came from heaven, was afflicting him (1 Samuel 28; See 1 Kings 22:22, 23; Ephesians 6:12 ff).

Surprisingly, the witch was able to rouse Samuel and bring him up. But Samuel rebuked King Saul and told him of his impending death (1 Samuel 28:19). David, the king elect, had witnessed King Saul’s rage when an evil spirit tormented him. Saul tried to kill him on several occasions (1 Samuel 18:10, 11). Later, when King David himself sinned, and repented for his adultery with Bathsheba, he begged God not to take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).

By the way, while God the Holy Spirit won’t leave a true Christian today, and Christians can’t be indwelt by a demon (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), demons can afflict and torment Christians (2 Timothy 2:24-26; See Job 1; 2; Ephesians 6:10-17). [4]

There are false prophets and false teachers today who claim that they have consulted with the dead to get power and “the anointing” for themselves. According to one source, Benny Hinn talks about his visits to the tombs of Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman. [5]

Jesus, while He was here on earth, told His listeners a story about what happens when people die. This was before He Himself died for our sins…and rose again from the dead (Luke 16:19-31).

A rich man (who was an unbeliever) died, and a beggar named Lazarus (a believer) died. Both of them were taken to Sheol/Hades in the heart of the earth. (See John 3:13; Ephesians 4:8-10.)

The rich man, with his temporary body to house his soul and spirit, was in torments on one side of the gulf. The beggar, Lazarus was resting on the Paradise side of the gulf in the presence of Abraham and other believers. The rich man begged Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water to drop it on his tongue because he was in torment. Since that wasn’t possible, the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to earth to warn his five brothers not to come to that awful place.

But that too was not possible. He was told that if the people, who were still alive on earth, didn’t believe what Moses had written, neither would they believe if someone came back from the dead to warn them.

Suppose men like Adolph Hitler, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Charles Darwin, or other unbelievers were able to come back from the dead to warn people not to believe the lies they had promoted while they were here on earth. Would they be believed? Not according to Jesus.

Nowhere does Jesus speak about second chances to be saved after one dies physically (See Hebrews 9:27). Neither is there such a thing as reincarnation taught in the Scriptures.

“Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

If you’ve never done so before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on their third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29)? If so, God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve Him by serving others, especially Christians, with love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10), and to bear a good witness for Christ while sharing the clear Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-17).

While we don’t know all the details of things that will happen in the future (See Revelation 10:4), God has given to us enough information to give us a sure hope, which is a confident expectation based on a promise or promises from God (Romans 15:4).

To get the “Big Picture” first, we invite you to download our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” which can be found on our website. Also, consider carefully the “The Order Of Coming Events” [5].

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this article with others. Together we can accomplish more.

[1] Necromancy https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-necromancy.html

[2] Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, A Survey Of Bible Doctrine, Moody Press, p. 159

[3] New Apostolic Reformation: https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

[4] Demon Possession? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[5] Benny Hinn https://www.apologeticsindex.org/9937-benny-hinns-graveside-anointing

http://www.raptureready1.com/rapture/ssbh13.html

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

Why are we currently experiencing such perilous times all around the world (2 Timothy 3:1-5)? Is something earth changing about to take place? What does the future look like? Does God’s Word give us any clues? We believe that we can learn much from the Scriptures if we are teachable and willing to change when we are exposed to the truth (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Most people want to live peaceable and quiet lives. But most people today aren’t enjoying this kind of a life. Why? Could part of our problem be because we, as Christians, don’t/won’t pray (worship God correctly – John 4:24), supplicate (cry out to God for help – James 5:16), intercede (for or against people – Romans 11:2), and give thanks to God for all men and for those who are in positions of authority (See Daniel 4:17, 25; Proverbs 21:1)? Could another reason be because we, as Christians, don’t witness to lost people (Acts 1:8) and share the Gospel clearly with them and invite them to trust in Christ alone to save them? Maybe we’re like Jonah who didn’t want to witness to the Ninevites.

God desires that all human beings be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16) and that we come to the knowledge of the truth as it is set forth in His Word, the Bible (1 Timothy 2:1-4). But how can people be saved unless they hear and believe the clear Gospel that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17; 10:14-16)? Most people won’t be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:18, 19).  This is why The wicked [all unbelievers] shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17; 2:1-12; Matthew 25:41, 46).

If you’re a true Christian, have you, like Jonah, ever wished that God would give you a different assignment, and live in another time or in another place? Would you like to go back to the “care free days” of yesteryear? Maybe you had a happy childhood and wish you could go back to those days. Perhaps you, like countless others, have unhappy, painful memories of growing up in the home you did, and you don’t like to think about the awful things that happened to you, or the cruelty you experienced at your parent’s hands or from others. If He has saved you, please don’t let these or other things keep you from doing God’s will for your life.

Did you know that God planned for you to be alive at this time? Being omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25), He knows everything about you, and even knew who your parents would be (Psalm 139). He’s allowed you to experience the things you have, and He would like for you to fulfill the important role that He has given to you. (See Romans 9:17 to learn about a wicked Pharaoh.)

If you are a true Christian, He has given you a special enablement (gift) to do His desirous will (1 Peter 4:10). He wants you to use it with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). Pause – Do you know what your gift is? Are you using it with love? (Contact us if you’d like to learn more about “spiritual gifts.”)

Your role in life may not be as a king like David, or a queen like Esther, or a prophet like Elijah, or a disciple like Peter, but He has specific things He wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10) so that others can learn about the living and true God (John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:9). This is what the glory of God is all about (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Rather than griping and groaning like the children of Israel did in the wilderness, who paid a terrible price for such lawless behavior (1 Corinthians 10:1-13), God wants us Christians to learn from them by way of negative example. Did you know that He wants every Christian to give thanks “in every situation” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), “for all things” apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and “for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1)? This is His desirous will for every Christian.

Maybe you’ve seen those buttons that say, “PBPGINFWMY.” It means, “Please be patient. God is not finished with me yet.” Sometimes non-believers expect those who become Christians to immediately become perfect “saints” who never sin any more. That’s not true. (See Romans 12:1, 2.) Even tough we receive a new nature from God (2 Peter 1:3, 4; See John 3:3-7), we still sin (act lawlessly) periodically. But we don’t have to sin (1 John 2:1 ff; See 1 Corinthians 10:13). Within the pages of the Scriptures we have everything we need for life and godliness.

The problem is, most Christians either aren’t taught properly (1 Timothy 1:7; Acts 20:27), or they don’t rely on God the Holy Spirit to keep the “New Commandment” (John 13:34, 35; Philippians 2:13; 4:13) that Christ gave to New Testament believers. The best that an Old Testament believer could do was to love his neighbor as himself (Leviticus 19:18; James 2:8). We (New Testament believers) are supposed to love other believers as Christ loved us.

This kind of “agape” love is produced in the lives of “Spirit filled” believers (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22). We are responsible to direct the “Fruit of the Sprit” toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It must not be directed toward the present, diabolical world system that was devised by the devil, in the days of Cain, to control certain aspects of man’s sinful nature (1 John 2:15-17; See Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). We must use the world system, but we aren’t to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We show our love for God by loving His children. (See 1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10.)

God has a different set of “House Rules” (Dispensations) for Christians which weren’t given to other people in times before Christ’s death and resurrection. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website to discover where these rules can be found in the Scriptures.)

Believe it or not, we may be coming to the end of this “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live and to the end of our Constitutional Republic with all of the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for several hundreds of years. We may be on the verge of man’s “New World Order” (the rule of the Anti-christ) that was predicted in the Scriptures (Daniel 2:40-45; 9:24-27).

Thankfully, his rule during the Tribulation won’t last for more than 7 years. Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). As is, over ½ of the world’s population will die during this unprecedented time in human history (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Where will you be when all these things happen? Are you sure or are you being deceived and lulled to sleep by the devil (1 John 5:19; See Proverbs 14:12)?

If you’ve never done so before, Believe on the Lord Jesus Chris alone, who died for all your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. If you do this, you will be saved eternally. So do it now! (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then get involved in doing the “good works” that God wants you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10). Get involved in worshipping God in spirit and truth, supplicating for yourself and others, and interceding for the righteous or against evil doers, and giving thanks to God for causing you to be alive at this time in human history (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Share the Gospel clearly to the lost as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).  Use your spiritual gift to edify other believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

We’re here to help you and others if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this information to be helpful, please let us know and then SHARE it with others.

For additional information, consider –

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

If you are a professing Christian, are you concerned about rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave (Jude 1:22, 23)? Do you weep over the erring ones (Matthew 23:37), and lift up the fallen (Galatians 6:1, 2)? Do you and tell them of Jesus the mighty One who can save anyone from the “penalty of sin,” the “power of sin,” and eventually from the “presence of sin”?

Do you witness (Acts 1:8) to lost people out of obligation and duty or because you love God (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15) and are grateful that God graciously saved you? Do you know that He wants you to have the joy of seeing lost people found and saved?

When was the last time you shared the clear Gospel with someone? Did God the Holy Spirit open up an opportunity for you to speak to someone about his/her spiritual needs (Revelation 3:8)? Did you take the opportunity or play the role of a coward like Peter did when he denied that he knew Christ (Matthew 26:72-74)? If you’ve spoken to someone, what specifically did you say to him/her? Was the entire Gospel message presented? Did you invite him/her to trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (See 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4)? What Scripture verses did you use as your source of authority? Did you add to or subtract essential elements in your Gospel presentation?

While the devil will try to intimidate us and cause us to be fearful (1 Peter 5:8), we don’t have to yield to his temptations (1 John 4:4). We have Bad News & Good Newsthat needs to be shared with people so they can be saved from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

The Gospel for our salvation is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4. For I [Paul] delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”. We must be careful to include Christ’s bodily resurrection in our presentation (See 1 Corinthians 15:5-9; Luke 24:33-43). Without it, we haven’t given a person hope for the future. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Please note, it says that “Christ died for our sins…” If you said to an unsaved person, “Christ died for you,” he might say, “That wasn’t really necessary because I’m not that bad.” This is not true. (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23.) But when one believes that Christ died for his sins, he is acknowledging that he is a sinner, who can’t save himself, and that he is in need of a Savior.

Other people might believe all the facts of the Gospel, but say, “His death wasn’t sufficient. There are good works that I must do if I am to be saved from hell.” One cult teaches that when a baby or an adult is baptized (sprinkled), that he is given grace or help so he can keep the Sacraments so he can be saved. But the Scriptures are clear. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5).

If you distribute Gospel tracts, please make sure that they include the whole Gospel, and that they invite people to trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, not in a Christ of the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4) or in their good works.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17), and to encourage and help you if you want to be a more effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by having a part in someone’s salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:20, 21). There are four other crowns that a believer can earn.

If you have questions and/or comments, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this article helpful, please SHARE it with others.

For more helpful information, consider these articles:

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Song: Fanny Crosby, “Rescue The Perishing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

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Monster cookies. I love them for their crunchiness and texture. Some time ago one of my son’s wife made some of them for us. But the problem was, she left out an ingredient. They looked delicious. But when my wife took a bite of one, she noticed that it didn’t taste good. Since I lost most of my taste and smell many years ago, she offered them to me to eat. I couldn’t tell the difference, so I ate them.

Mistakes. Perhaps you’ve tried to make some things from scratch but forgot to add an ingredient or you may have used the wrong size measuring cup. Maybe you set the temperature wrong or left them in the oven too long or took them out too soon. Have you ever done this? I did this once when I used to sell cookware while I was in college. In spite of my mistake, the customer bought the product.

Misleading Others. When it comes to the most important decision in life that will determine one’s eternal destiny in heaven or in hell, we must make sure that we are not misleading people by leaving out any of the essential “ingredients” of the Gospel or asking people to trust in the wrong Jesus as the cults do. Let’s consider the essential elements of the Gospel and which Jesus has the ability to save us from eternal condemnation?

Gospel. The Gospel that leads to our salvation is clearly presented in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. Christ died [once and for all – Hebrews 10:10, on a cross, not a stake – Philippians 2:8] for our [everyone’s – 1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10] sins [all of them – past, present, and future sins]; He was buried for three days and nights (See Matthew 12:40), and then He rose again [bodily] on the third day (as it had been predicted so He wouldn’t experience decay as Lazarus did – Psalm 16:10; See John 11:39). He was seen with a real, resurrected, glorified body on 10 different occasions by over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before ascending back to heaven with a promise to return (Acts 1:1-11). His resurrected, glorified body could appear and disappear instantly, and even eat food (Luke 24:33-43). The resurrected bodies of Christians will be like His (1 John 3:2; See Daniel 12:1-3).

Which Jesus Saves? Before He went to the cross, Jesus said that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive a lot of people (Matthew 24:5). They have been around for a long time and many people have been deceived by false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff). Which Jesus can save us from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire? “The Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation and whose mother is a “Co-Redemptrix” (R.C.C.)? “The Elevated Jesus” who is the spirit brother of Lucifer (L.D.S.)? “The Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t born of the virgin, Mary? “The Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell? “The Firstborn Creation” of Jehovah who is not fully God (J.W.)? “The Self Esteem Jesus” who never calls men sinners? “The Prosperity Jesus” who promises health, wealth, and happiness to their contributors? “The Revolutionary Jesus” of the socialists/communists? “The Muslim Jesus” who isn’t the God-man. Or perhaps some other Jesus?

Believing In Vain. It’s not enough to know and agree with the facts of the Gospel as many people do today. You must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the person of the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31). We are not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5) or by our faith plus our good works as an added measure for extra “insurance.” We are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. We are not to add unbiblical requirements as conditions for salvation.

Missing Ingredient. Sadly, when invitations for salvation are given today, the “bodily resurrection of Christ” is often left out (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:33-43). The Apostle Paul suffered extreme persecution at the hands of religious Jews and others because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be a part of the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; See Romans 1:16, 17). So did the early disciples (Acts 4:2 ff).

Don’t assume that unbelievers know the proper facts of the Gospel and believe them. Many people in some parts of the world have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) or know anything about the true and living God. If you leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ in your Gospel presentation, you haven’t given a lost person the hope (confident expectation based on God’s promises) that he/she needs to be saved.

No Annihilation/Reincarnation. Christ’s resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of everyone who dies – believers and unbelievers (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). True believers will spend eternity with God, but all unbelievers will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:11; Revelation 21:8). The Scriptures do NOT teach the annihilation of the wicked dead as some of the cults do or reincarnation as some religions teach.

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits true Christians who are involved in leading lost people to Christ and who share the Gospel clearly with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Once this has been done, God the Holy Spirit can do His part of convicting (thoroughly convincing) unsaved people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11; See 6:37, 44).

Action Steps. If you are not a true Christian, why not trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be your personal Savior? Do it now! When you do this you can have assurance of your salvation from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). If you are a true Christian, God wants you to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31) by growing spiritually yourself and helping new believers grow (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), by serving God and others with “agape” love (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10), and by leading lost people to Christ (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). Are you doing these things? Are you trying to win people to Christ but failing to share the clear and complete Gospel with them? If so, make the necessary changes in your presentation and leave the results with God. He alone can save.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE it with others too.

For more information, consider these articles:

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/