It may surprise you to know that our original ancestors had red skin. “Adam” means red. [1] God formed man out of the (red) dust of the ground, and breathed into him the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:7). He was made in the image of God (Genesis 2:26, 27) but that image was marred when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:7-11; 5:3; See 1 Corinthians 15:49).

We inherited a sinful nature (disposition) from them and we will pass it on to our descendants (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). Most of the sins we commit stem from this nature (Galatians 5:19-21). Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It’s increasing (2 Timothy 3:1 ff). That is why we need a new nature from God (John 3:7; 2 Peter 1:4).

You may believe in the theory of evolution if you want, but it’s only a theory and a poor one at that. [2] Charles Darwin, Margaret Sanger, Adolph Hitler and many others were and are eugenicists and racists. This philosophy has led to the murder of over 100 million people in the last 150 years. Millions of babies have been aborted too. Even to this day there are people being bought and sold as slaves and it will continue until Christ returns after the seven years of Tribulation (Revelation 18:13; See Daniel 9:27).

Melanin. It determines the many shades of our skin but it has nothing to do with whether or not Christ died for us and our sins or not. Those who believe in “limited atonement” (i.e. that Christ only died for a select group of people) have great difficulty presenting the Gospel to lost people and offering hope to them. If they are to be honest, they must say, Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” [3]

No, Christ died for the sins of all mankind; He was buried for three days and nights and then rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Those who place their faith and trust in Him alone (and not their good works – Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5) will spend eternity with God in heaven. Those who don’t will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

When all whom God the Father has given to the God the Son have come to Christ and been saved, Jesus will come back for His own (those who have believed in/on Him) and take us to the place that He has been preparing for us (John 6:37; 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). These people, from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture, make up the members in the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Friend, you won’t want to be left behind and enter the seven years of the Tribulation that may be just around the corner (Read Revelation 6-19). Do you know what the next event on God’s calendar is? Are your ready for it? Ask for our FREE “Dispensations Chart.” [4]

My desire/purpose in life is to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). I can do this by making sure of my own salvation (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13), by growing spiritually so others can see my life being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 3:18; Galatians 5:22, 23), by using my “spiritual gift” with love to edify other believers (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and by pointing others to Christ and sharing with them the unadulterated Gospel so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).  I hope that this is your purpose too.

Our problem is not the amount of melanin we have but a sin problem. [5] We’ve all sinned and come short of God’s standard (Romans 3:10, 23). We all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23). We all need Christ’s righteousness if we want to enter heaven (John 16:10). He was perfect and never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). His righteousness will be put to your account the moment you place your faith and trust in Him alone to save you (Romans 4:24, 25). You will be judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7). No longer will/can you be condemned (Romans 8:1). You will be eternally secure (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13). However, this doesn’t give you a license to sin (See Hebrews 12:5 ff).

Every Christian’s concern should include the salvation of his/her unsaved neighbors (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 2:4). If you’re saved, when was the last time you shared the “Clear Gospel” with another person for whom Christ died? Could you share the Gospel with 24 words? [6]

Friend, we may be coming to the end of our “constitutional republic.” The United States is not specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy as many other nations are. We also may be coming to the end of the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2 ff). Do you know what the future looks like (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)? [4]

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/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE this with others.

[1] Adam’s color: https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-of-adamah.html

https://answersingenesis.org/racism/adam-eve-all-skin-tones/

[2] Evolution: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/evolution-vs-god/?

[3] Limited Atonement: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

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

[5] Sin, Not Skin: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/the-problem-sin-not-skin/

[6] Gospel: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

Baseball. Someone has described it as being as boring as watching paint try. It’s too slow for them. And yet from time to time the fans are shocked when they see grown men acting like little children who put on temper tantrums when the umpire calls a strike on them. Some parents are known to act this way at their children’s games. One of my nephews, who is an umpire and a referee, can attest to this. (View Opie and the Spoiled Kid episode below.) [1]

Recently I watched some clips of highly paid athletes using bats and their fists to pound on things in the dugout. They vented out their frustrations and no one tried to restrain them. Is this the way we want our children to act when they don’t get their way? Consider also the horrific casualties that come from “road rage” on the highways. Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). With whom do you and your children “hang out”? What are you and they watching on TV? Who are your heroes/idols and their heroes/idols?

This reminds me of what the Minnesota Crime Commission wrote many years ago about babies. Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist. Are we currently reaping what we’ve sown? Thanks Dr. Spock.

Lawless (sinful) behavior is on the rise all around the world just as the Scriptures predicted it would in the last days just before Christ’s second coming to rule on/over the earth for 1,000 years (Matthew 24:12; Revelation 20:1-7). One of these days these lawless people will be led and governed by the “lawless one,” better known as “the antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). He will deceive many people by performing the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His disciples did while there were here on earth (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). We hope you will be in heaven, rather than on earth, when he comes on the scene. We don’t set dates, but these days seem to be just around the corner. [2]

But we also need to know that Christians have two natures (See Romans 7:15-25). Those who are dominated by their own sin nature rather than by their new nature from God, can act like unsaved people and engage in all the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christians in the church in Corinth are examples of this kind of behavior (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; 5:1 ff; 10:1 ff). When we’re tempted to act this way, we can/should rely on God the Holy Spirit for strength to overcome these strong, sinful desires (lusts) so we don’t sin (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 6:11-14). The temptations you have are not unique to you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Did you know that we can/should be angry without sinning (Ephesians 4:26)? Jesus was (Matthew 21:12, 13). [3] You can learn a lot about a person by discovering what makes him/her laugh, cry, or get angry. What are others learning about you from your actions and reactions? Are you being hypocritical? Do you claim to love God and hate other Christians (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:16, 17)? We don’t have to like what other people do, but we are supposed to seek their highest well being which may involve our speaking the truth to them in love (Ephesians 4:15; See 2 Timothy 2:24-26). We need to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the right time, for the right reasons, toward the right people (Galatians 5:22, 23), and for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

Believe it or not, Christians don’t have to sin but we still will sin from time to time (1 John 2:1 ff; 1 John 3:9, 10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so we can glorify Him in a spiritually dark world (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 2:15). No temptation has overtaken you [Christians] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”* (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When we, as Christians, sin (act lawlessly) we need to do three things: We need to discern/judge/be aware of what we have done (1 Corinthians 11:31), repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:8-12), and then promptly confess our known sins to God our Father (i.e. say the same thing about our sins that He does about them). Then we need to claim His promise to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness so our family fellowship with Him and other believers can be restored when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-10).

When necessary, we also need to ask forgiveness from those against whom we have sinned (James 5:16). If they grant it to us, we need to ask them not to hold a grudge against us. God won’t hold against us the sins we’ve confessed to Him (See Ezekiel 33:16). But He doesn’t forget anything (Isaiah 46:10). Sometime in the future, He most likely will allow us to be tempted in the same area again so we have the opportunity to overcome the temptation and show our love for Him (James 1:12-15) rather than yield to the temptation and sin again.

If you’re not a true Christian, it’s not a matter of confessing every sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved. Neither is it that you promise God that you will never sin again, or that you will make Him the Master of your life (Lordship in exchange for salvation). It’s believing in/on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). [4] Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Once you’ve been “born again [from above]” God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) [5] and serve Him and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10). He wants you to lead others to Christ so they can be saved (Acts 1:8). We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Contact us for more information at www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE it with others so we can help them too.

[1] Opie and the Spoiled Kid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSTdHClwwSg

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

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-angry.html

[4] Dr. Manfred Kober: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

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

The Human Problem. The Divine Provision. The Personal Procurement.

Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel,(Illustrated)

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

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

[5] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, Second Edition, 2016, Xuon Press

https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

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

Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Far too many Christians, who claim to believe that Jesus will come back to earth as He said He would (John 14:1-3), don’t love His appearing.” As a result, they won’t earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). When you truly love someone, you want to please him/her and do the right things. If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you even thought about Him and His return for you?

In the “energy of their own flesh” (Romans 8:8) many of these same people often do their own brand of “good works” that they want to do rather than the “good works” that God planned for them to do while they are here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). They aren’t “led by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14), and they don’t “walk by [means of] the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25). So they give in to the strong desires (lusts) that come from their own sin nature (See Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8) and engage in the sinful “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). Divine chastening may be necessary (Hebrews 12: 5 ff) if confession isn’t timely (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Most people work for someone else. Suppose you went to work and did whatever it was that you wanted to do rather than what the owner wanted you to do. How long do you think he would keep you employed? The owner needs to make a profit so he can pay you a salary. His customers are really the ones who enable him to sign your paycheck. This is why we need to do quality work that will keep customers satisfied and bring them back for additional products and/or services. (See Ephesians 6:5-8).

In like manner, Christians should do their work on earth as unto the Lord so they can be well pleasing to God because one day all of us will stand before Judge Jesus to give an account of what we did on earth (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10; Romans 14:12). He will judge our works (not us – Romans 8:1) to determine their quality. If they are like gold, silver, and precious stones, we will be rewarded. If they are like wood, hay, and straw, they will be burned up without our losing our salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

The Lord’s imminent return is called a “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13), a “Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and a “Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3). This “Hope” is not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation based on the promises of God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

The “Rapture” of the true Church was a mystery in the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Romans 16:25, 26). But once it was revealed to spiritually maturing believers, it is no longer a mystery, and shouldn’t be mysterious to Christians. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually we can gain a clearer picture of the Word of God and the future. [1] We believe in the “Pre-tribulation Rapture” of the true Church (not the apostate church – See Revelation 17, 18). Our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” has been helpful to many Christians. (Ask about it.)

We are much more likely to make better decisions in life when we keep the imminent return of the Lord in mind (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). What would you do differently if you really believed that the Lord would return this evening or that today might be your last day on earth? How would your plans change? God’s wisdom is available to every Christian when we ask Him for it (James 1:5 ff). Those Christians who pursue the philosophy and wisdom of this world will have their works burned up (Colossians 2:8; James 3:13-18).

To spiritually maturing Christians, the Apostle John wrote, Do not love the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17; See 2 Peter 3:10 ff).

“The [cosmos] as a system includes all unsaved mankind under Satan as its ruler. It consists of society with its culture, commerce, education, entertainments, religions, governments, armies and senseless warfare. It is based on greed, idolatry, selfishness, religious superstitious awe, heresy and the constant striving for power. It is all society at its best and at its worst.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer [2] (See Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24).

The primary purpose of every Christian is/should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us by any and every legitimate means (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Timothy 2:5) as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). This includes our sharing the Gospel [3] clearly with lost people so they can place their faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone and be saved. The false Christs of the cults and a perverted gospel can’t save anyone (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; See Matthew 24:5.)  All unbelievers, who die physically in unbelief, will be cast into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:8-11). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). He died once and for all (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10) for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2). But judicial forgiveness is only granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not now? If you have, will you help us spread the Gospel to others?

Once a person has been saved, Spirit filled believers (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 6:1) need to help the new believer grow in the sphere of grace (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). They need to be taught about serving God with their spiritual gift (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10). Reproduction is/should be an important goal of every believer until the Lord takes us home through death or the Rapture (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15).

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 you’ve found this helpful, please SHARE this with others too.

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

[2] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, Second Edition, 2016, Xuon Press, p. 216

https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

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

The Human Problem. The Diving Provision. The Divine Provision.

Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel,(Illustrated)

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

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

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

“Sewing & Reaping?”

Posted: June 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

I hope this title got your attention. No, we’re not “sewing.” But are we “sowing the wind, and reaping the whirlwind?” This concept comes from the Bible (Hosea 8:7; See Galatians 6:7, 8) as it relates to the Jews in the north. They forsook the true and living God and pursued the sensual idols and wicked ways of the heathen people around them. This led to their being taken as captives to a foreign land and scattered among the nations of the world to this day (See Deuteronomy 28:64-68).

But, against the wishes of the devil, there is coming a day (perhaps very soon) when the Jews will be restored as God’s favored nation (Zechariah 12-14). They will receive all the land that God promised to give to them, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). They are not “occupiers” of land that doesn’t belong to them. God is NOT finished with the Jewish nation. (See Romans 11).

We do NOT believe in “replacement theology” or that the Church has replaced Israel. [1] This false teaching will result in the worst holocaust in human history. It’s called “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15 ff). [2] Sadly, most of “Christendom” blames the Jews for the death of Christ. (Note: God holds all men, including you and me, responsible for Christ’s death – Acts 3:12-15; 4:25-28).

Adolph Hitler cited Martin Luther’s derogatory words to justify his attempt to annihilate the Jews. [3] Do you belong to and/or support a “church” or organization that denounces Israel as “occupiers” of a land that doesn’t belong to them? Are you and your church part of the B.D.S. (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Movement against Israel?)  If you’re a true Christian, get out of it (2 Corinthians 6:14; See Revelation 18:4).

Actions have consequences, whether they be good or evil. As He did with Israel, is God allowing wicked people within our boarders or other nations to punish us as a nation because we’ve chased God out of our schools, our homes, and our lives? Are you a “nominal Christian” and/or a “practical” atheist? Maybe you’re an agnostic. I hope you don’t claim to be an atheist. If you do, please read Psalm 14:1 to see what God says about you. Consider what anyone can learn from nature and what happens to ungrateful people (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18 ff).

Why is the United States not mentioned in the Scriptures as it pertains to Bible prophecy while many other nations are clearly identified? Could it be destroyed because of our willful defiance of God in spite of His bountiful provisions and blessings upon us? With greater light comes greater responsibilities (Luke 12:48; See James 4:17). The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17; See Psalm 2).

God used the cruel, idol worshipping Babylonians and King Nebuchadnezzar to punish His chosen people, the rebellious Jews from the southern tribes, for 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11, 12). Then God used the Persian (Iranian) King Cyrus, to overthrow the Babylonians and release the Jews so they could return to Israel to rebuild their Temple (Daniel 1:1, 2; Isaiah 44:28; 45:1).

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). He sets up and takes down rulers of the nations (Daniel 4:17, 25). “And He has made from one blood [man – Adam] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,” (Acts 17:26). There is only one race – the human race. The different languages and ethnic groups came into existence after the flood in Noah’s day when God scattered the rebels at the tower of Babel (Genesis 10, 11).

Once again, in these last days, wicked men are trying to set up their own “New World Order” without the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7; See Psalm 2). God will allow them to do this, but He will limit their attempt to 7 years. Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive physically (Matthew 24:22). The Lord will pour out 21 judgments on the wicked people on the earth (Revelation 6-19). They will be like the plagues in Egypt during Moses’ day (Exodus 7 ff; Joshua 24:5). We hope you won’t be here on earth when all this takes place. What exactly do we need to do to be saved from the lake of fire and the Tribulation?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

If you’ve been saved, and are a true Christian, keep this in mind if you choose to engage in sinful activities (James 1:12-15). You will grieve God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) and you could be chastened severely. “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6-8). “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

We invite you to consider carefully what the Scriptures tell us about the future. [4] Make sure of your own salvation (2 Peter 1:10). [5] Then share the Gospel with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), and as you have opportunities (Galatians 6:10; Revelation 3:8). Treat each day as though it might be your last day on earth or the last day of someone else (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

When “all whom the Father has given to the Son” have come to Him and been saved, Jesus will return for the true Church (not the apostate church – Revelation 17, 18) and make her His bride (John 6:37, 44; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:3). Those who will be saved during the seven year Tribulation (Matthew 24:14) and the Millennium will not be part of the “Bride of Christ.”

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

[1] https://baptistbulletin.org/the-baptist-bulletin-magazine/replacement-theology/

[2] http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Martin-Luther-anti-semitic.html

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

[5] The Gospel: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

The covid19 virus, which seemed to come suddenly out of nowhere, has been responsible for thousands of deaths and will continue to kill many more people. It has had a devastating effect on the whole world and has altered people’s lives in many ways. (If you or someone you know has been affected by it, please let us know about it. We’d like to pray for you and/or for them.)

There is a billionaire “mad scientist” who thinks he can solve this pandemic problem with a vaccine that he wants everyone in the world to take. If one doesn’t take his vaccine voluntarily, he/she may be forced to take it for the “good of humanity.” As a eugenicist he also wants to play the role of God and decide who gets to live and who dies. How much more draconian and distorted can things get?

But he and all the rest of us need to made aware of a much deadlier, latent virus lurking in everyone of us. It’s known as the “tsumi virus.” (It’s not the “tsunami” virus). Maybe you’ve never heard of it. It has far greater and never ending consequences unless the proper “antidote” is taken. Without our knowing much about it, this “virus” has been passed on to us from our parents and grandparents and we, in turn, are passing it on to our children and grandchildren. It’s in our genes. It can flare up at any moment. If you happen to know a Japanese person, ask him/her about the “tsumi virus.”

This particular virus can cause people to engage in disgusting and perverted behavior which might shock most people. It can lead to an early and painful death. Sadly, more and more degenerate people think it’s an acceptable life style and they even approve it. Do you? (Read Romans 1:18-32)

Some people who claim to be “spiritual/religious health care professionals” deny that we all have this “tsumi virus” or say that it can be eradicated during our life time. It can’t be. (Read 1 John 1:8; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 7:15-25.) So what can we do about this virus and how do we escape the devastating consequences?

First, we need to know what the “tsumi virus” is. Tsumi, in the Japanese language, means “sin.” But what is sin? The Bible defines it for us. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting contrary to God’s instructions to us. God’s Word tells us how to be delivered from everlasting condemnation. He also tells Christians how He wants us to live and overcome this virus (Romans 8:1; 1:16, 17). We are saved/delivered/rescued from hell “by [God’s] grace, through faith, [in the Christ of the Scriptures]… and not [by our good] works” (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The Lord Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him]” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12).

God has a very simple solution/antidote to counteract this virus: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But many people say that this is too easy. So they add their good works to their faith. But this is not acceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6). [1] Others refuse God’s offer of salvation because they love darkness rather than light and because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). They prefer to engage in the passing pleasures to sin (Hebrews 11:25).

While there are many sins (acts of lawlessness) we commit often, there is one sin that will keep a person out of heaven. It is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 16:8-11). All other sins are forgivable (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 1:7). Here is what happens once we’ve placed our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us. God’s Word tells us that we acted right by dying for our sins in the person of our Substitute. At the same time God puts Christ’s righteousness to our account so we can enter into heaven (Romans 4:22-24; 6:23; Galatians 2:20; James 2:23).

While Jesus was hanging on the cross, at high noon, God the Father placed the sins of all mankind on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and forsook Him for three hours (Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 22:1 ff; Matthew 27:46; 1 Peter 3:18). By the way, God the Father is not “a dirty bully.” Jesus (the God-man) volunteered to do this to provide deliverance from hell for us (Hebrews 10:7, 9). Furthermore, God, being omniscient (Isaiah 46:10), could look into the future and see all the sins we’d ever commit and take them also and place them on Christ so He could pay the debt we owed to God (Romans 6:23).

We know that God the Father was satisfied with the sacrifice/payment that His Son (1 John 2:2), the Lord Jesus Christ, made for our sins because He raised Jesus’ body from the dead on the third day as predicted (Psalm 16:10; Matthew 12:40; John 2:19). When He ascended back to heaven, Jesus was accepted by God the Father. Then Jesus sat down at His right hand where He is right now as the only Head of the Church (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20-23). Contrary to what the Romanists teach, it was a once and for all sufficient sacrifice (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 7:27; 9:12) and there is only one Mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5). Mary is the mother of Jesus’ humanity, not the Mother of God.”

If you refuse to believe in/on Him as your personal Savior, and accept His payment for your sins, you will be separated forever from God in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Your degree of suffering there will be determined by Jesus (John 5:22) at the Great White Throne according to the works you did on earth (Revelation 20:10-15). We don’t want you or anyone else to be separated from God forever.

Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you? If not, why not now? You can be assured of your eternal destiny in heaven (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). Once you’ve been saved, we want to help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), use your spiritual gift with love (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10), and to reproduce yourself (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

If you have questions and/or comments and need additional assistance, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has. Then SHARE this with others too. Together we can accomplish much more for God’s glory and the good of others.

[1] Clear Gospel, by Dr. Ron Shea:

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

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

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

Over many centuries people have asked themselves these questions: “Where did I come from?” “Why I am here on earth?” “Where will I go when I die?” They also want to know if there ever will be lasting “peace on earth.” If so, when and how will it come?

Many rich and powerful people in the secular world, who hate God and His Messiah/Christ (Psalm 2), say that peace will come only after they bring in their “New World Order” that will consist of a one world government, a one world religion, and a one world economic system. They want people to gullibly sing John Lennon’s song, “Imagine” while thinking that socialism/communism is the best form of government. It isn’t, but it’s better than anarchy and lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 13:1 ff).

Contrary to what many people think, the secular globalists have other thoughts in mind, where there is the ruling class, and the servant class as it is in communist countries today. They have specific guidelines to achieve their objectives and to maintain them. (Consider the Georgia Guide Stones.) [1] The Bible predicts that these things will happen one of these days – perhaps much sooner than most people realize. It’s time to be informed with the truth that can set people free (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

In his well written book entitled, “What On Earth Is God Doing?” the late Dr. Renald Showers talks about “Earth’s Golden Age.” He wrote, “When [the Lord Jesus Christ] establishes the theocratic kingdom [here on earth, which will last for 1,000 years, He] will begin to reverse many of the tragic consequences of man’s rebellion in Eden. He will make all animals tame again (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65;25), heal all diseases and deformities (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5, 6); eliminate hazards (Ezekiel 34:25-29); increase the lifespan of man (Isaiah 65:20, 22); cause a great abundance of trees and fruit (Isaiah 55:13; Ezekiel 47:12; Joel 2:21, 22), fish (Ezekiel 47:9, 10), and grain and wine (Joel 2:24; Amos 9:13); control the environment for the benefit of man (Ezekiel 34:26, 27); heal the effects of pollution (Ezekiel 47:1-12); and abolish war and injustice (Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:6, 7; 11:2-5; Jeremiah 23:5; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 9:9-10). All of these changes will constitute what Christ and Peter called ‘the regeneration,’ the ‘seasons of refreshing,’ and ‘the times of restoration of all things’ (Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:19-21). Truly, this will be the present earth’s golden age.” [2] Believe it or not, according to the Scriptures, these days could come to this earth in as few as seven years from now [5]. You might ask, “Why not now?”

Prior to this “Golden Era,” the Scriptures teach that there will be a counterfeit “New World Order” that will be governed by the “unholy trinity” consisting of the devil/Lucifer, the man of sin/antichrist, and the false prophet. The man of sin/antichrist will perform the same kind of miracles that Christ and His disciples performed while there were here on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Acts 2:22).

During this seven year period, known as the “Tribulation,” over ½ of the world’s population will die from 21 judgments and plagues that are recorded for us in the Book of Revelation chapters 6-19. The secular “Globalists” want to reduce the world’s population down to 500 million and maintain it there through eugenics. [1] Think about how many people will have to be eliminated. Will you be included in that number? We believe that just as the ten plagues that took place in Egypt in the days of Moses were literal, so the ones in the day of the future “Tribulation” will be literal too.

The Jewish and non-Jewish believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who physically survive this unparalleled time in human history will be the ones will who repopulate the “Golden Age.” Old Testament believers will be resurrected back to life with glorified bodies (Daniel 12:1 ff) and will live on the earth and have various duties (Matthew 19:28; Luke 19:17-19). King David will be resurrected and will rule over other kings on earth (Jeremiah 30:9; See Revelation 19:16). The New Testament Christians [3], as the “Bride of Christ,” will reign with Christ over the whole world from the heavenly New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9 ff) which will be visible to the residents on earth once a day. This city will be the source of light for the earth for 1,000 years since the sun will go out at the end of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 16:8 ff).

Prior to this awful time of Tribulation in human history, the Scriptures record for us Christ’s words concerning His coming back for true Christians whom He will take to heaven to live with Him forever (John 14:1-3; See 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This event is called “The Rapture.” It’s imminent (i.e. it can happen at any moment). It’s the next event on God’s calendar. We invite you to read about it and what may be in store for this world in the very near future [4] and about The Dangers of Date Setting. [5]

HELP. There is no doubt about it. We are live in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1 ff). We’re here to assist those who are “teachable and willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you aren’t sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, [5] or if you need spiritual help in your walk with Christ, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Georgia Guide Stones https://www.raptureready.com/2018/08/01/georgia-guide-stones-population-control-antichrist-geri-ungurean/

[2] Renald Showers, “What On Earth Is God Doing?” 2003, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. Bellmawr, NJ 08099, p. 123.

https://www.amazon.com/What-Earth-Doing-Renald-Showers/dp/0915540800/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=renald+showers+what+on+earth+is+god+doing&qid=1590859597&sr=8-1

[3] How to become a New Testament Christian. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

Also, go to our website and click on “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart.”

[5] The Dangers of Date Setting, Dr. Manfred Kober, https://www.manfredkober.com/materials/articles/Is%20Date%20Setting%20Dangerous.pdf

“GODISNOWHERE”

He wanted everyone who visited his home to know that is was an avowed atheist. In his living room he had sign that read: “God is nowhere.” One day his grandson, who was just learning how to read, said to his grandfather, “I can read that sign.” Since he was having trouble with the big word “nowhere,” he broke it down and said, “It says, ‘God is now here.’” [1]

The grandfather was shocked. He had never read the sentence that way. His whole perception began to change, thanks to his little grandson. No longer could he read “God is nowhere.” He could only read it as his grandson did, “God is now here.” (Please take/make time to read and meditate on Psalm 139. It could dramatically change your way of thinking and living and your eternal destiny.)

The Bible calls one who claims to be an atheist “a fool” (Psalm 14:1). An honest person might say, “I am an agnostic. I’m not sure if God exists or not.” What you believe or claim not to believe about God is critical.

In his book entitled “The Knowledge of the Holy,” A. W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to [that] question,… we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.”

Another author wrote, “Knowing God. There is no pursuit more important. Paul declared it to be his aim in life (Philippians 3:10). Jesus prayed for it to become a reality (John 17:3). Jeremiah stated it was the single thing over which man may boast (Jeremiah 9:23). Knowing God has a beginning point-salvation-and is a never-ending process. Today, make it your aim. Consciously think, ‘Lord, use these quiet moments to enhance my knowledge of You. Take first place in my heart. Reveal Yourself to me.’” – Chuck Swindoll, “Quest For Character,” p. 60

(Note: God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. He is not giving out new revelation/information at this time. We have all we need for life and godliness, within the pages of the Scriptures. (Read 2 Peter 1:3.)

With these thoughts in our minds, let’s try to discover what the Scriptures tell us about God. After all, it says in words what He wanted us to know. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [i.e. It is “God breathed”], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God [i.e. the believer] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 *).

God Is The Creator And Sustainer Of All things.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “For by Him [i.e. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist [i.e. are held together] (Colossians 1:16, 17*). Apparently the spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels – also called “the sons of God” – Genesis 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1), whom God the Son had created earlier, shouted for joy when they saw what God had done for them (Job 38:7).

From the mineral garden of Eden on earth, it seems that Lucifer, the highest of the created spirit beings, ruled under God over all the rest of the spirit beings, who resided in the starry heavens, until he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Ezekiel 28:11 ff). He persuaded one third of the lower two categories of angels to follow him in his rebellion by trying to exalt Himself and take the glory that belonged to God.

When they did this they became the devil and demons (Revelation 12:4; See Ephesians 6:12). The “lake of fire” was prepared for them (Matthew 25:41, 46), but all unbelievers, who are not fit for heaven (John 16:10), will also end up in that awful place forever to suffer with different degrees of torment (Matthew 10:15; 11:22; Revelation 20:11-15).

We hope that you won’t be in that group. By simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, through the message of the Gospel, you can be transferred out of the devil’s family and enter God’s family (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10).

God The Destroyer And Re-Creator.

At the end of time as we know it, (at least 1,0007 years from now) God will destroy the present heavens and earth and create a completely new heavens and earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and be at home (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1; See Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). Apart from “special revelation from God” (the 66 Books in the Bible) we couldn’t know these things. Natural revelation tells us that there is a God who exists and who is all powerful (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1; See Psalm 14:1). But this information isn’t enough to believe for someone to be saved (James 2:19).

The Good News, that is the power of God unto salvation, is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you placed for faith and trust in Him alone to save you? If not, why not now? If you are a true believer, have you shared the Gospel with anyone recently? If not, why?

God The Son – The Communicator.

In the beginning was the Word (i.e. the Communicator for the Godhead), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made [i.e. came into being] through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made [i.e. came into being]…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:1-3, 14, 18*).

On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus said to His disciples, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (John 14:7-11*).

The three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) share the same essence and attributes (John 10:30). But they have distinctive roles to carry out from the beginning of time to the end of time which were determined in eternity past at the council meeting. This is known as “the decree” (Ephesians 1:11).

The “determinative will” came after the various options were considered by them (Matthew 10:15; 11:22). The “desirous will” that God planned for us to do, while we are here on earth, may or may not be carried out by us (Examples: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18). Rewards, crowns, and praise await Christians at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) who do God’s work (Ephesians 2:10), God’s way (2 Timothy 2:5), for God’s glory (1 Corinthian 10:31). 

What are your honest thoughts about God? Do you foolishly deny His existence (See Psalm 14:1), or are you a Christian who acts like God doesn’t exist – “a practical atheist”? Are you an agnostic who isn’t sure if God exists or not? From nature we can know that there is a God who is all powerful (Romans1:20). Those who deny this and who aren’t thankful to Him develop reprobate (depraved, unprincipled, or wicked) minds (Romans 1:28).

On the other hand, without having ever seen Him, we can accept and believe the Scriptural fact that we are sinners like everyone else (Romans 3:10, 23; See 1 John 3:4), and that we deserve to be punished (Romans 6:23). While none of us has been as bad as we could be, we are all as bad off as we can be if we aren’t saved and if we end up in the lake of fire forever (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

But God the Father loved the people of this world (John 3:16). God the Son volunteered to come down to this sin cursed earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9) to glorify God the Father (John 17:4), and to die in our place for our sins. But He rose again from the dead so He could save any and all who would believe on Him as their personal Savior. Christ’s bodily resurrection and His acceptance by the Father back into heaven proves to us that His work on the cross satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2).

The God who created the heavens and the earth is concerned about you. “[He] desires all men (which includes you and me) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you? If not, why not now?  Do you have assurance of your salvation? If you are a true Christian, are you growing spiritually, serving effectively, and sharing the Gospel regularly with others as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this with others so they can be helped too.

[1] “Now here.” What does this mean? To be discussed later.

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

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recently I had a man, who lives in another state, whom I had led to the Lord for salvation several years ago, call me to tell me about a frightening experience he had. In the middle of the night he felt like he was being attacked mentally by the devil or demons. He wanted to know what the Scriptures have to say about such things. I pointed out to him from the Bible that while Christians can’t be “demon possessed (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; John 14:23; 1 John 4:4 ) they can be “demon oppressed” (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Acts 10:38). Maybe you, or someone you know, has had such an experience yourself. If so, read on. God’s Word offers hope.

Thoughts. This is where the devil or demons usually attack Christians (Ephesians 6:10-17; See 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 2:11). Thankfully they need permission from God to tempt us (Luke 22:31; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:13). It might be for us to be bitter toward God and blame Him or someone else because of a bad experience we’ve had in life (Hebrews 12:14, 15), or they might tempt us to have an unforgiving spirit toward someone who has hurt us deeply, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11).

Language. The devil or demons also can tempt believers to engage in filthy speech (Ephesians 4:27-29). “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45; See James 3:10; Ephesians 4:15).

Personalize. Has someone hurt you very badly? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance on him/her? If so, this bad attitude will eat you up and hurt you far more than the person whom you want to hurt. Maturing, spiritual Christians can/should help such believers so they don’t let the trespass become a sin (Galatians 6:1-4; See Ephesians 2:1). Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Do you really believe that God will do this for you in His time and in His way?

Tools. Here is a strange question. Have you ever given thanks for the person who hurt you (1 Timothy 2:1) or considered that God may want to use him/her as a hammer, chisel, saw, or sandpaper to help conform you into Christ’s image (Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2)? If you’re a Christian, do you have and are you displaying the “Fruit of the Spirt” toward that individual? (Read Galatians 5:22, 23.) How might the Lord Himself act and/or react if He were standing in your place (Philippians 2:5 ff)? Are you suffering for doing what is right or for something wrong (1 Peter 2:19 ff; 4:12 ff; Philippians 1:29)? Is confession in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

Torture. Christians who have an unforgiving spirit or bitterness in their heart can be afflicted by the torturers (Matthew 18:21-35). This could involve demonic oppression and torment (Examples: King Saul who wanted to kill David – 1 Samuel 16:14, 23; 19:9; Satanically ensnared Christians – 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Keep this in mind. No one has ever wronged us to the same degree that we have wronged and sinned against God. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). God wants His children to “… be kind to one another, tenderhearted, [graciously] forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32; 1:7; See Luke 23:34; 1 Corinthians 2:8). Are you doing this? If not, why?

Forgiveness. Let’s back up some. At the time of our salvation we are judicially forgiven once for all (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1). But we need family forgiveness when we sin as God’s children so we can get back in fellowship with Him (1 John 1:5-10). When God forgives us He doesn’t remember our sins against us (Ezekiel 33:16), but He doesn’t forget what we did because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24; Psalm 139). He will usually allow us to be tempted again in the same area to give us another opportunity to display either our love for Him or for our love of the pleasure we derive from engaging in a particular sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:25; James 1:12). We have a choice to make – to sin and grieve God (Ephesians 4:30) or to gain victory and please God (2 Corinthians 5:9). There is a “sin unto [a premature, physical] death” that defiant Christians can commit (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; Proverbs 29:1).

Carnality. The Christians in the church at Corinth were told to disassociate themselves from the “Christian man” who had been committing incest with his mother and to “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh” (1 Corinthians 5:1-8; See Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 1:20). Apparently, after they did this, he repented (changed his mind) and confessed his sins to God and to the church (2 Corinthians 2:1-11; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Once he did this, the Apostle Paul admonished them to forgive him and take him back into their fellowship. If they refused to do this, he warned them about the devil’s attempt to take advantage of them and cause them to be “demonically oppressed” (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Are you Satanically oppressed or ensnared right now (2 Timothy 2:24-26)?

Attacks. When Satan, or more likely a demon, attacks our minds with any of these particular temptations: to have an unforgiving spirit, to be bitter, disappointed, discouraged, or to act cowardly, we must put on the whole armor of God and focus our attention on the “helmet of salvation” to overcome them (Ephesians 6:17). We need to think about all the spiritual blessings we have in our “salvation package” (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Biblical Meditation. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, … noble, … just, … pure,  lovely, … of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Are you doing this? If not, with God’s help why not start now?

Song. “O soul are you weary and troubled? / No light in the darkness you see? / There’s light for a look at the Savior / And life more abundant and free / Turn you eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen Lemmel

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to get new articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please SHARE this with others.

Gospel. If you’re not saved yet, please read this article carefully: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

We firmly believe that while there are many ways for someone to die physically, there is only one way for someone to enter heaven. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a “politically correct” statement and it raises some people’s ire (anger, wrath, fury) when we say this. But it is still a true statement.

The Apostle Peter. He got himself into “hot water” with the religious, Jewish leaders when he said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name [i.e. Jesus’] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). They threatened him and told the disciples not to speak to any man in Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18). “But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19, 20). The persecution of Christians has been going on since the early days of the Church. Jesus told His disciples to expect it (John 16:2; See 2 Timothy 3:12). It’s happening in may places around the world and it’s intensifying in our country. We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for the cause of Christ.

The Apostle Paul. When he went to the city of Philippi to point people to Christ and to start a local church, there was a young girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination. She followed Paul and Silas around and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). From the Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, she actually was saying that “these men…proclaim to us ‘a’ way of salvation.” This greatly annoyed Paul. So he commanded the demon spirit to come out of her. This kept her from making money for her masters which led to Paul and Silas’ being beaten unjustly and thrown in jail. This eventually led to the salvation of the jailor and his family when they put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31-33). Yes, good can come out of bad situations.

Suffering. Has your personal suffering for Christ been responsible for someone’s being saved? Do others even know that you are a Christian? Maybe you’re not truly saved yet. Are you ashamed of Jesus as Peter was? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are depending on any of your “good works” for your salvation, you’re not saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Be honest with yourself! If you have doubts, we’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).

Abundant Life. Not only did Jesus come to show us the only way to God in heaven and how to secure “eternal life” (God’s quality of life), He also wanted us to enjoy this kind of life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). Every person has everlasting life (existence) and will spend it either in God’s presence or he/she will be separated forever from God in the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated or reincarnated as some cults and religions teach. Our living “abundantly” involves –

Walking By Faith. “The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We need to know the promises that God has given to Christians and mix them with faith so we can enjoy “Divine rest” and the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2 ff; Philippians 4:6, 7). Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim. Some of them were addressed to the Jews alone. Some were conditional (Example: The “Ten Commandments” Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28). Others were unconditional. (Examples: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:1-8; 2 Samuel 7:4-17; Jeremiah 31:31-33). Some promises were given to specific individuals like Abraham regarding his having a son in his old age (Genesis 15:1-6).

Living By The Right Rules. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, as we should, we soon discover that God has different rules for different people in different times. They’re called “Dispensations.” Three main ones include “Law,” “Grace,” and “Kingdom.” Sadly, many Christians try to live by the wrong set of rules – “Mosaic Law,” or “Kingdom” instead of by “Grace” principles. The seven “Dispensations” are designed to test mankind’s obedience to God which most people fail. They are not different ways of salvation as some have suggested. They are designed to demonstrate to us that no matter what a person does independently of God, he/she can’t please God in his/her own strength (John 15:5). (Download a FREE copy of our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Doing Good Works. These are not the things a person must do to be saved, but they are the things that God planned for believers to do once they have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10). Jesus said,“You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). In his book entitled, “So Great Salvation” Dr. Charles Ryrie points out this fruit of which Jesus spoke can be (1) a Christlike character, (2) a life characterized by good works, (3) a faithful witness, (4) a pair of lips that praise God, and (5) a generous giving of one’s money. [1] Question – If you claim to be a Christian, do others see any of these things in your life? James, Jesus’ half brother, wrote, “…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20).

Giving Thanks. Christians are instructed to give thanks for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use for His glory and for our good. Christians who are “filled with the Holy Spirit” will have singing hearts, thankful hearts, and submissive hearts (Ephesians 5:18-21). What kind of heart do you have? What comes forth from it? A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Having The Right Purpose. Our primary purpose in life is/should be to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We glorify God when we make Him known to others through our words and deeds (1 Corinthians 10:31). God is also glorified when believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), serve Him by serving others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10), and when we share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and as He gives us opportunities and opens doors for us (Revelation 3:8).

Summary. There’s only one way to be saved. There is a distinct set of rules to govern Christian’s lives. There is a specific purpose for our being here on earth.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17) and who want to SHARE what they learn with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

[1] Dr. Charles Ryrie, Christian Fruit https://bible.org/illustration/christian-fruit

[2] Promises For Christians – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

It was a popular TV program several years ago. Perhaps it caused many of us to recognize that we are vulnerable to the real possibility of our being killed or dying at any moment. In spite of this, many people keep on engaging in bad habits and dangerous lifestyles. The Scriptures are clear, Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away’” (James 4:13, 14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).

Deaths. Every day thousands of people all around the world die, and most of them are dying without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It might be from the corona virus, seasonal flu, malaria, suicide, traffic accidents, HIV/AIDS, smoking, hunger, or tragically, by the abortion of innocent babies. We believe that when the body (not the person) dies, the soul and spirit leave the body. At the time of the unbeliever’s physical death, he/she enters the “second death” (which is irreversible) and will end up in the lake of fire forever. Physical death will be reversed when the Lord Jesus Christ raises everyone who has died, each in his/her own order. Do you know in which resurrection you will participate?

Dead. We’re all born into this world “spiritually” dead in trespasses and sin. We inherited a sinful nature from our parents that goes all the way back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. Thankfully this spiritual death (separation from God) can/will be reversed the moment a person places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. This is the Good News (Gospel) that one has to believe in order to be saved. And He [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’” (Mark 16:15). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone yet? If not, why not now? If you’ve been saved, are you sharing the Gospel with others as God opens doors for you and as you are led by the Holy Spirit?

Helpless. Some people argue that those who are spiritually dead can’t do anything. This is why God must provide the initial, necessary faith for us to believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ so we can trust in Him alone and be saved. We are saved by one act of faith, but a believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith. “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29). “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?” (1 Corinthians 3:5). We believe that God has provided salvation/deliverance from the lake of fire for all mankind but not for the devil or fallen angels/demons who believe in God and tremble. “And this is the condemnation, that the light [i.e. Christ] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

Faith. In his excellent book, “Maturing In Christ,” Dr. H. L. Schafer points out four uses of faith: 1) The gift of faith for salvation, 2) the spiritual gift of faith, 3) the measure of faith, 4) the attitude of faith. “The gift of faith for salvation, which comes from [God] the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation. The hope involved, based on a promise of God, is salvation (1 Cor. 3:5; 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 1:29). The initial act of faith obtains the thing hoped for (salvation) and from that time on it is no longer needed or used, since faith has become a reality. Once a believer is saved he no longer needs to use this act of faith again because he now possesses the thing he hoped for – salvation (Titus 3:5). This very act of faith was not a work on the part of the person, but was a gift (Rom. 4:5).” [1]

Confusion. While many self righteous people believe that they haven’t been bad enough to deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire, others are hopelessly convinced that God cannot possibly forgive them because of some heinous sin(s) they’ve committed. I’ve met both groups of people. But both groups are wrong.

Clarification. Dr. Paul Reiter has clearly and simply summarized the Scriptural teaching on this issue. FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE? HE DIED… 1. For all (1 Tim. 2:6; Isa. 53:6). 2. For every man (Heb. 2:9). 3. For the world (John 3:16). 4. For the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). 5. For the ungodly (Rom. 5:6). 6. For false teachers (2 Peter 2:1). 7. For many (Matt. 20:28). 8. For Israel (John 11:50-51). 9. For the Church (Eph. 5:25). 10. For “me” (Gal. 2:20). [2]

It’s Urgent. The Apostle Paul wrote, “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved” (Romans 10:1). Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

Assurance. Do you have it? The Apostle John wrote: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us [the true believers in Christ] eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name [i.e. His person and work on our behalf] of the Son of God; that ye may know [not wish, hope, or think] that ye have eternal life, [as a present possession]…” (1 John 5:13). Why do so many of those who believe in “limited atonement” or in “Lordship in exchange for salvation” lack assurance of their salvation?  We we believe in “Lordship because of salvation, not in exchange for salvation”. [3]  There is a big difference.

Help. We are here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. Please contact us if you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny or if you have other questions. Once saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, and serve God effectively, as you share the clear Gospel with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ,” Xulon Press, c. 2016, p. 127 https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[2] From unpublished lecture notes, from Dr. Paul Reiter, former professor at Appalachian Bible College, Bradley, WV http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf p. 4

[3] Lordship Salvation:

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

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

Other articles:

Jack Brooks, “Pastoral Problems Due To Limited Atonement”

https://www.gracegospelpress.org/pastoral-pastoral-problems-due-to-limited-atonement/

Dr. Charlie Bing, “For whom did Christ die?” https://www.gracelife.org/resources/gracenotes/?id=48&lang=eng

George Zeller, “The Dangers Of Reformed Theology.” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/dangers.pdf pp. 5, 6

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