Christians have three spiritual enemies: The devil, the present world system, and their own sinful nature. Believe it or not, we are our own worst enemy. Some teach that the Christian loses his sin nature when he gets saved. Not true. “If we say that we have no sin [nature], we deceive ourselves, and the truth [regarding the sin nature] is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

The Apostle Paul tells us about the struggle he had with his sinful nature (Romans 7:15-25). When it got in a fight with his new nature from God (2 Peter 1:3, 4), his sin nature always won. While his new nature wanted to do what was right, he ended up doing what was sinful.

But when he learned how to “walk by means of the Spirit” and let Him fight his sin nature, he would gain the victory over the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Romans 8:1; ff; Galatians 5:16-25).

William Barclay points out that  “Immorality, impurity, licentiousness are perversions of the sexual instinct which is in itself a lovely thing and part of love.  Idolatry is a perversion of worship and was an aid to worship.  Sorcery is a perversion of the use of the healing drugs in medicine.  Envy, jealousy, and strife are perversions of the noble ambition and desire to do well which can spur to greatness.  Enmity and anger are the perversion of that righteous indignation without which the passion for good cannot exist.  Dissension and the party spirit are a perversion of the devotion to the principle which can produce the martyr.  Drunkenness and carousing are the perversion of the happy joy of social fellowship and of the things which men can happily and legitimately enjoy.  Beauty is turned to ugliness.  Sin takes the raw material of potential goodness and turns it into the material of evil.” [1]

When we, as Christians, yield ourselves to God the Holy Spirit and He takes charge of our lives (Romans 6:11-14; 12:1, 2), He not only kills our sinful lusts / desires, but He also produces in us the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christlikeness: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These qualities need to be demonstrated at the right time, toward the right objects, and for the right reasons (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Example: It’s possible for a “Spirit filled” believer (Ephesians 5:18) to misdirect “agape” love toward the world system rather than back toward God and His children (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17).

We all have a sinful nature that is like “The Trojan Horse.” It can cause havoc in our lives. If you’d like to learn more about it, click on the link below. [1]

We’re here to help unbelievers learn about the true and living God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who can deliver us from the “Lake of Fire” and take us to heaven (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 3:16, 18), [2] and to assist Christians mature in the faith (2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] The Trojan Horse: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-trojan-horse/

[2] Gospel Presentations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZvwylOL6L4

In his book entitled “Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave” Dr. Dave Breese demonstrates how such men as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud and others have had a significant impact on mankind to this very day, even though they are now dead.

It is our understanding that these dead men, who are most likely in Hades, know how wrong they were and wish they could return to earth to warn the living not to follow them and their philosophies, but rather that people believe God’s Word which is absolute truth (See Luke 16:19-31; John 14:6; 17:17).

Which philosopher’s / person’s thoughts and actions have influenced you the most? We all have a “world view” that causes us to behave as we do. Is it based on godly wisdom, or worldly wisdom that leads to death (James 1:5; 3:15; Proverbs 14:12)?

Although our influence on others may not be as significant as these men, we still are having an impact and influence for good or for evil on those whom we encounter in life, whether it be our family members, our friends, or our fellow workers. Our attitude and our actions matter to God and others.

The Christian’s pleasure and rewards in heaven or the unbeliever’s degree of torment in hell will be determined by the Lord Jesus Christ, the righteous and omniscient Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24; 5:22; Isaiah 46:10) either at “The Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) or at “The Great White Throne Judgment” for unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Scriptures teach that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, it doesn’t say that this judgment will take place immediately when a person dies.

Examples

At our funeral an unsaved person might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel and be saved because we witnessed to that person before we died. God will reward us for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To those believers who will die during the Tribulation these words were written, but the principle still seems to apply to us as well. “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

On the other hand an unbeliever might murder a father whose children are left desolate. Later on one of the deceased father’s children might engage in a robbery because he and his family are starving. On judgment day God will take into account the harm that the murderer brought on others too.

Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell (the lake of fire) for unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and there are degrees of pleasure in heaven for believers (Psalm 16:11).

Purgatory?

The Christian’s cleansing and purging is limited to this life (Ephesians 5:26, 27). The Scriptures don’t teach that some people go to “Purgatory” after they die to get cleansed or purged of remaining sins before they are allowed into heaven. There are no back doors into heaven.” This false teaching suggests that Christ’s work on the cross was not sufficient to save us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Serious Business

Believers who participate in the Lord’s Supper with unconfessed sins in their lives will be chastened and disciplined by the Lord in this life only so that they won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of the world (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). “For we know Him who said, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people. It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian, who is acting like an unsaved person] to fall into the hands of the living God’” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11).

“If we [as Christians] confess our sins, He [God the Father] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Confess your [sins] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Are you a carnal Christian who is living in sin (acting lawlessly)? Are you dismissing as unimportant what God prohibits His children from doing and/or failing to do what He wants you to do? “…to [the Christian] who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Beware! “… if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8).

Many unbelievers often go unpunished in this life, but judgment day is coming for them and the righteous Judge, Jesus (John 5:22) will sentence them with justice. “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; See also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The lake of fire (hell) is a place where there will “be weeping and gnashing of teeth” forever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels / demons, but all unbelievers will end up there (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). The “Universal Salvation” of everyone is NOT taught in the Scriptures.

My friend, you don’t have to go to this awful place. Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone will be saved from hell and will enter heaven (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It’s by grace (unmerited favor).

Some people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. They choose not to come to the Light (Christ) and be saved (John 3:19; 8:12). But if you are an unbeliever or one who isn’t sure of your eternal destiny in heaven or hell, and would like to know and have absolute assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), we invite you to contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2;2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

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

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Even though there was a draft in our country which forced many young men to become soldiers and go to war to defend their country, many other young men volunteered to join the military and give up their lives, if necessary, to preserve the freedom we have in our country. My father was a volunteer in World War II.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

Slavery has existed since the dawn of human history for various reasons and will continue on into the future (Revelation 18:13). [1] Some taskmasters were very cruel (Exodus 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 6:21). But not all slave masters were cruel and oppressive. Some Jewish slaves, who could have gone free, chose to remain as slaves to their masters because they actually loved them (Exodus 21:1-6).

Many people (although technically not slaves) choose to work where they do because they have good bosses and employers. How about you? In our country, we still have choices. For how long? We don’t know. Some people in other countries have no choices and long to come to our country.

In the spiritual realm, without their knowing it, countless numbers of people all around the world are enslaved to the devil and their own sin natures which we all inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5). Some people are very superstitious and fearful about many things.

To some religious men of His day, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

The Apostle Paul addressed our sinful natures (dispositions / natural tendencies), which we all have (1 John 1:8), and wrote, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). He himself struggled with his sin nature as a Christian but finally learned how he could overcome its temptations to sin (Romans 7:15-25; 8:1 ff; Galatians 5:16-25). We don’t have to yield to sinful temptations and sin – act lawlessly (1 John 2:1; 3:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Knowing that we, as sinful men and women, couldn’t help ourselves, God graciously provided a solution to all mankind who had rebelled against Him. At a council meeting of the three Persons in the Godhead (Ephesians 1:11), God the Son volunteered to come to earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9), to become the God-man (Philippians 2:5-11), to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23), to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then to die on a cruel cross to pay the debt that we all owed to God (Romans 6:23). “Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.”

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). Would you be willing to die for your enemy as Jesus did?

Why did the Apostle Paul suffer as he did (2 Corinthians 11:22-33)? Because he insisted that the bodily resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43), and so that others could be saved. A dead person can’t help anyone.

He wrote, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Without Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection, we’d be hopeless and most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). Don’t leave it out of your Gospel presentation to the lost.

If you’re a Christian, are you willing to suffer for the cause of Christ so others can be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (Romans 8:1; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) to heaven instead (John 14:1-3)?

Having a part in a person’s salvation can earn for Christians the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Sadly, most of us Christians don’t really want to suffer. We’d rather be “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease.” But the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, will you volunteer by presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service instead of being conformed to this age? God wants us to “be transformed by the renewing of [our minds], that [we] may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2; Romans 6:11-14)?

If you’re not saved, or aren’t sure of your salvation, but would like to be sure, we’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

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[1] Slavery – https://www.prageru.com/video/a-short-history-of-slavery

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

He was lingering in a Roman prison cell and facing an imminent death. Why? Because he insisted that the Gospel he proclaimed for the salvation of Jews and non-Jews (Romans1:16) had to include, not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (2 Timothy 2:8-10; Acts 24:21). Without it, we, as believers in Him, couldn’t be sure that our sins had been forgiven (Romans 4:25), and we’d have no hope for a better life in the future (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

The “best life” for an unbeliever is now; The “best life” for a Christian is in the next life. Think about that. Where will you spend it – in heaven or in hell? Are you sure?

It was from this prison cell that the Apostle Paul wrote a brief letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. The believers in Asia Minor, whom he led to the Lord, had forsaken him (2 Timothy 1:15). He wanted Timothy to pass on to other faithful Christians what he had received from Paul (2 Timothy 2:2), who had been taught by the Lord Himself for three years in the wilderness after his conversion (Galatians 1:15-18).

Sadly, there are many Christians who aren’t faithful to the Lord and His Word. They live carnal lives (See 1 Corinthians 3:1 ff) and walk according to the flesh (their sin nature), rather than by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21; Romans 8:5-8). Such Christians grieve and quench God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Confession to God the Father is in order for such believers (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13) or serious consequences could follow: weakness, sickness, or a premature death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Keep this in mind – We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

“Sin (lawless behavior) will take us farther than we want to go; It will keep us longer than we want to stay; It will cost us more than we want to pay.” The passing pleasures of sin aren’t worth it when we consider that our flesh and bones may end up being consumed, perhaps by a STD (Hebrews 11:25; Proverbs 5:11). With 700 wives and 300 concubines, King Solomon may have died this way.

He advised others to live wisely. But then he didn’t follow his own advice, and for a period of time lived in vanity while trying to please himself. He concluded, “Vanity of vanities, all [that I’ve done to please myself] is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Later he wrote, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Let’s learn from the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

Because Christians still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25) and the potential to engage in all the lawless behavior that they engaged in before they were saved, the Apostle Paul warned believers to “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

God chose the Apostle Paul to be the steward (household manager) of the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live. He was the major contributor to “Grace Teachings” for New Testament Christians (Galatians 1:15-7; Ephesians 3:1-7). The Apostles Peter and John, along with James and Jude (the Lord’s half-brothers) supplement what Paul wrote to Christians.

Being forsaken by the believers in Asia Minor must have been very painful to Paul. But he knew that the Lord had not forsaken him. Perhaps he thought of the Psalmist’s words, “When my father and my mother [or other believers] forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Even after claiming that they would never deny or abandon Him, Christ’s disciples forsook Him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56).

Until God takes us home to heaven by means of physical death or through the rapture, God has work for Christians to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We don’t (shouldn’t) retire from serving God; We won’t in heaven (Revelation 22:3). Christ wants to live out His life through the believer’s life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19). He wants us to be willing to be persecuted or even die for our faith, if necessary so others can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 3:12). Such believers can earn the “Crown of Life” (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

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). “This fruit can be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).  – Dr. Charles C. Ryrie “So Great Salvation” p. 50.

James, the Lord’s half brother wrote, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Question: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If not, why? What needs to change?

Older Christians, who have been through the “rough waters” or “storms of life” should assist Christians who are coming behind them (Galatians 6:2). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). And remember – “No temptation has overtaken you 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). God wants us to be victorious over our three spiritual enemies: the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

I, personally, want to live the rest of my days on earth as though each day that God gives me to live might be my last day on earth, or the last day of someone I love or know. Our lives are like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Missionary C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for New Testament Christians, Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will evaluate our works and our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14), and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Those works that don’t measure up to His standard will be burned up, but the believer will not lose his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). That’s amazing graceunmerited favor from God. Have you experienced it yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

If you consider yourself to be a relatively mature Christian, are you passing on what you’ve learned over the years to those who are coming behind you? Are you setting a good example for them? Think of your children and grandchildren if you have some.

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-4:8). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

For additional information:

What’s Free – Earned? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

Test Questionshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Three Spiritual Enemieshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

Crowns & Rewards:https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/about-our-motives-part-1-2/

Be Like Jesus – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/be-like-jesus/

C. T. Studd https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-by-c-t-studd-1860-1931/

Dispensations Charthttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/ https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

Contact us here or through our website if you have questions or would like additional help: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please let us know. And if you would like to get future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Precious Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

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

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Death Bed Conversions?

Posted: November 15, 2022 in Death, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

I’ve had the privilege of leading some people to Christ for their salvation during the last moments of their lives. I believe that as long as a person is physically alive, there is hope for him/her. But once a person dies, his/her eternal destiny is set. There are no second opportunities to be saved. We do not pray for dead people or to them. So then –

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “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). “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

It is our desire to share the Gospel clearly with those whom we encounter in life, as the Holy Spirit leads us to various people (Romans 8:14; Learn about Philip in Acts 8:31-40). Since it’s not always suitable to talk to a person who is checking out my purchases at a store, or to someone with whom I have a brief conversation, I try to share a Gospel tract with them and ask them to read it when they have an opportunity to do so. [1]

The Gospel for our salvation is very simple so that even young children can understand their need of Christ and trust in Him alone for their salvation/deliverance from hell to heaven. Christian parents can/should share the Gospel with their children while they are young so they can be saved. They need to make sure of their own salvation first. There is no greater joy than to lead our children to the Lord and then help them grow spiritually (3 John 1:4; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). We also can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for doing this (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

I tell people, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead. If you place your faith and trust in Him alone, He will save you instantly and eternally.” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 16:31). [2]

This is the message I’ve shared with many people who weren’t saved and with those who had some doubts about their salvation. It’s wonderful for them and for me to know that they’ve made this decision to trust in Christ alone, not in their good works, or in their faith plus their good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5), and that they will be taken to heaven the moment they die (2 Corinthians 5:8). Sadly, this is not what happens to unbelievers (Luke 16:19-31; See Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). Please don’t be one of them.

Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)? If not, we’re willing to assist you if you’ll contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] R. A. Torrey – The Use Of Gospel Tracts – (Please read this.) https://www.wholesomewords.org/etexts/torrey/tracts.html

Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who lead the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, was given a pamphlet by my father, Timothy Pietsch, after one of our street meetings in Japan. He became a professing Christian. Read more here: https://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

Video: My Life In Japan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8JXf0QKfw (Start at time 10:10)

[2] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Seed Planter – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/just-a-gospel-seed-planter/

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

How Sure Are You? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

My Friend’s Death – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/my-friends-death/

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

HOW SAD it would be if… No, how TRAGIC it will be for those who know the facts of the Gospel and even believe them to be true, and yet don’t place their faith/trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. [1] Such people, who die without Christ as their personal Savior, will suffer more in the lake of fire than those who have never heard about Him (Matthew 11:22, 24; Revelation 20:12, 13). Will this be true of you? We sincerely hope it won’t be.

Some people, living in the “Seven Year Tribulation” (Revelation 6-19), will refuse to take the “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11). [2] Some of them will prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders in His name. And yet He will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21:23; 25:30, 41, 46).

No one is saved by his/her good works lest any of us should boast. Good works are the result of one’s being saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). When a Christian “abides (feels at ease) in Christ,” he/she will produce much fruit (John 15:1-8). “Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). There have been and there will be a few exceptions in the future (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). (If you’d like more information, contact us.)

Do you think that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [4] If so, how sure are you – 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%? Do you believe that you must go to a purging place before you get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven – Your good works? Your faith plus your good works? Your faith in Christ alone? 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?

Need More Information? We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow. Contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, please SHARE it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

For further reading:

[1] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

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

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/10/lifes-pursuits/

[4] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/your-eternal-destiny-how-sure-are-you/

During the coming Seven Years of the Tribulation the Bible predicts that horrific things are going to happen. (With all that we see happening in the world today, these days seem to be just around the corner.) [1] It will begin with the arrival of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (Revelation 6:1-8). [2] The “white horse” represents the condition of false peace which the “Fix-it Man” (Anti-Christ) will bring to this world which is currently in great turmoil (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3). [3] Then comes the “red horse” which represents the condition of war. At this time three of the ten kings, from the Revived Roman Empire, who helped put the “Man of Sin” (Anti-Christ) into power will have second thoughts about him because he doesn’t have royal blood but mixed blood (Daniel 2:43). He will “pluck them out by the roots” (Daniel 7:8, 24). The “black horse” represents famine which is followed by the “pale horse.” It represents death when ¼ of the world’s population will die. Later another 1/3 of the world’s population will die (Revelation 9:15). By today’s count, that’s about 4 billion people. The Globalist’s want to reduce the human population down to 500 million. [4]

Armageddon. Toward the end of this seven year period, all the nations of the world will come against the Jews in northern Israel to a place called “Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16). In the “nick of time” the Lord Jesus Christ will return from heaven with His Bride, the true Church, and crush the nations with His rod of iron (Revelation 19:15). “And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths” (Zechariah 14:12).

Deliverance. You can avoid these horrific days that seem to be just around the corner. True Christians are promised deliverance from this time period. The “Rapture” of the true Church takes place just before this awful period of human history begins (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). The “Apostate Churches” will be left behind and join the “Harlot’s One World Religion” (Revelation 17, 18).

How To. To become a true Christian, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, Who died for your sins, Who was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3 4). We are NOT saved by our good works, or by our faith PLUS our good works which is what is required in man’s religions (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Facts Alone. My Friend, you could know and believe the facts of the Gospel without transferring your faith and trust over to Christ alone to save you. You could know and agree with the facts of Bible prophecy but this won’t save you. [5] During the Tribulation there will be people who will refuse the “Mark of the Beast,” who will prophecy in Christ’s name, cast out demons, and do many wonders. And yet, because their faith wasn’t in Christ alone, Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46).

Make Sure. The Apostle Peter wrote, “…be even more diligent to make your call and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). Don’t be among those who “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). There are no “second chances” to be saved after you die physically (Hebrews 9:27). [6] Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that vanishes away quickly (James 4:14).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article helped you. If so, please LIKE and SHARE this with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

For Further Reading:

[1] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/09/18/prelude/

[2] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/the-four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse/

[3] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/the-coming-world-dictator/

[4] https://grandmageri422.me/2022/07/06/the-georgia-guide-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist-we-are-so-close-now-2/

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

[6] https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

To: Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Missionaries, et al.

Dear Fellow Christian,

I’m passionate about glorifying God by trying my best to make Him known to those around me through any and every legitimate, God honoring way. I want to do my part in evangelizing the lost with the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead. I want unbelievers to know that by simple faith in Him alone, they can/will be saved.

I also want to have a part in edifying believers and helping them do their work of ministry through the use of their spiritual gifts with love (1 Corinthians 13).

I’d like to highly recommend to you several books and tracts written by veteran Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer of EvanTell. God has used him in leading many people to Christ and helping Christians do the work of evangelism.

Note: I haven’t been paid to promote his books or tracts. But I appreciate him and others who faithfully and clearly present the Gospel so lost people can be saved.

Here are just a few of the books and tracts of Larry’s that I’d like to encourage you to get and read. Then put what you learn into practice in your daily life:

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=the+3+minute+window

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=101+tips+for+evangelism

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 3:16. 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Please contact us here or through our website if you have questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others. Thanks.

Happy to still be able to serve my Lord,

Wm. Kelsey Pietsch

www.kelseypeach.com

www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com

It’s very sad to think that most people in the world today don’t know about the true and living God. He loved us sinners (those who act lawlessly) and gave His only begotten Son to provide deliverance from hell to heaven (John 3:16). What is your personal relationship to Him – saved or lost?

Problem. Far too many people in “Christendom” think that if they know and give mental assent to (agree with) “the facts” of the Gospel that they are fine. Since an early age I heard and believed the stories in the Bible, and so I figured I must be OK. I even believed that Jesus died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (which is the essence of the Gospel). But I wasn’t sure that doing this was enough for me to be saved.

Chapel Speakers. According to some of the things I heard from the speakers in chapel, at the interdenominational Christian school I attended, I thought that there were other things I had to do to be saved from hell to heaven. Consider some of the incorrect and additional things some “preachers” are telling unsaved people to do to be saved. [1]

BTW – Many preachers today talk “about” the Gospel, but very few of them tell people what it is specifically (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and what they need to do to be saved – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively], [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31, 32). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to signify God’s only condition for our salvation.

The Gospel. In their eagerness to win lost people to Christ, some Christians feel that they need to explain the whole Bible to unsaved people so they can be saved. As Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer correctly points out to those who want to do this, “…the Bible contains the Gospel. But the Bible is a whole lot more than the gospel. It contains vital information on how to raise your children, how to spend your money, how to love your enemy, how to participate in a local church, how to understand end-time events, and much more. The historical elements of the gospel [for our salvation] are contained in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5: “For I 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, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve.”

“Note the four verbs. Christ died, He was buried (the proof that He died), He rose again, and He was seen (the proof that He rose). So the Gospel can be reduced to ten words: “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” That is the message we have for unbelievers [whether they are Jews or non-Jews]. This is what God calls, “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes(Romans 1:16).

“Your acquaintance [the person you’re trying to lead to Christ] doesn’t need the sixty-six books of the Bible. He can learn those later. Right now he needs ten words of the gospel – Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.” [2]

Be Honest. How sure are you that you will go to heaven the moment you die (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 0%)? Do you think that you have to go to a purging place first? Do you sometimes have doubts? On what basis should God let you into His heaven – your good works, your faith plus your good works, or by faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone? [3] Once saved, is there anything you think you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Help. If you aren’t sure of your salvation and would like assurance of it, we’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Dr. Ron Shea, The Gospel, Note other false conditions for salvation on page 2.

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[2] Dr. R. Larry Moyer, 101 Tips For Evangelism, Hendrickson Publishers, p. 20, 21

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