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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lordship Salvation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bullies. Have you ever been bullied verbally, physically, or spiritually by someone? I have been. Are you sick and tired of being abused? I was and still am. Would you like to learn how to defend yourself and come out on top instead of on the bottom? Are you teachable and willing to change? Would you like to be a wise person who knows what to do and when to do it?

Story. One day a proud young man approached Socrates and asked him to show him the path to wisdom. Socrates looked at him and paused for a few moments, allowing him to become uncomfortable with the silence. He locked eyes with him and said, Meet me at the river at dawn.” The next morning the young man arrived at the river before dawn. Socrates soon walked down the path and waded out into the water, motioning for the young man to join him. When they both were about chest deep, Socrates looked at him and asked, What do you want?” The young man responded, To find wisdom!”

Socrates grabbed the young man and began drowning him. He held him under water for twenty seconds and then let him up, asking him again, “What do you want?” The young man responded again, To find wisdom!” At that, Socrates promptly submerged the man under water again. Thirty seconds passed, then forty, and the man’s face began to turn blue. Socrates lifted the man up and asked, What do you want?” The man gasped, Air!”

Socrates released the young man, and saidWhen you want wisdom as much as you have just wanted air, then you will begin to find wisdom.”  – Original source of story unknown

Truth. What about the truth? Jesus referred to Himself as being the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It tells us in words what God wants us to know about God, man, sin, salvation, the future and much more. It also tells us about our spiritual enemies.

Enemies. Before we, as Christians, can live victoriously over the three spiritual bullies that confront us, we must learn the truth about them and how they operate. We must read, study, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word and rely on God the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then we need to apply the truth to the situations in which we find ourselves (James 1:22). We don’t use the same tactics for each of our three spiritual enemies. Do you know when to flee, when to stand and fight, and which one to use without abusing it?

Sin. It’s not a four letter word but a three letter word. But it has caused so many problems from the time when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit and even before then when Lucifer, the anointed cherub, rebelled against God and wanted to be like God” by acting independently of Him (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Creation. It is our understanding of the Scriptures that the spirit beings, whom God the Son had created (Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3), saw Him create the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; Job 38:7). Lucifer, the anointed cherub, once had his residence in a mineral garden on this earth that God had created in a place called Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-19). From here he ruled under God over all other spirit beings – cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ezekiel 28:14; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). Note – Later God placed Adam and Eve in a fruit and vegetable garden eastward in Eden (Genesis 2:8).

Rebellion. Not being satisfied with the role and responsibility that God had given to him, he set out to lift his throne above God’s and be like God and unaccountable to Him (Isaiah 14:14). Then he convinced one third of the angels to go along with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4).

Man. It is our understanding that after Lucifer’s rebellion and demotion, God made an inferior creature out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:7). He called him Adam. Then He took a rib from him and formed Eve, his counterpart. They were given the responsibility to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28).

Control. This led Lucifer (the devil) to try to take the control away from them back to himself. We don’t know how long he observed Adam and Eve before he decided to tempt her into disobeying God’s clear command not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). We know that he succeeded and got both her and Adam to disobey God which resulted in immediate spiritual death (i.e. separation from God).  Physical death came much later (Genesis 5:5). It appears that they were stripped of something (Genesis 3:11). Was it a garment of light (See 1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2; 1 Timothy 6:16)?

Unrighteousness. The Scriptures use many words to convey different aspects of unrighteousness. The Biblical definition of sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Sin involves man’s acting as though God has placed no restraints on him. Like the devil, man wants to act independently of God and be the master of his own fate and the captain of his own ship.” He wants to make his own rules and decide what is right in his own eyes (See Judges 21:25). Have you noticed that many people do the same thing today? They want to impose their rules on others but they don’t want anyone else to impose their rules on them. (This sounds a lot like our legislators and politicians, doesn’t it?) Such lawless behavior is rampant today and getting worse (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Sin. It is what God declares it to be. Since He made man, He has the right to make the rules for us. He also conveys to us the consequences of lawlessness (See Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28; John 3:16, 18, 36; Romans 1:18-32; 6:23; Revelation 21:8). Upon careful examination of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), and using the normal rules of interpretation, one discovers that God has different rules for different people in different periods of time. Example: Dietary rules before the flood of Noah’s day – herbs and fruit (Genesis 1:29; 2:9, 16). After the flood people were allowed to eat every moving thing (Genesis 9:3). The Jews under the Mosaic Law had a limited diet (Leviticus 11:2 ff). Today our diet is unlimited (1 Timothy 4:3-5). To see further distinctions, consider our Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” at www.kelseypeach.com.

Sources. There are three sources from which temptations to sin come: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. Some people believe that Christians lose their sin nature when they get saved. This is not true (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). God has provided everything that a Christian needs for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so he/she can live victoriously over these solicitations to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Colossians 2:8; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:1). Some people believe that the temptation itself is a sin. No!

Temptations. In his book, Maturing In Christ, p. 33, Dr. H. L. Schafer writes, “Part of the well-known hymn correctly states, ‘Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.’ Having the temptation is not sin. Temptations are allowed by God in order for a believer to mature by having victory. The believer is not responsible for having temptation, but he is responsible for his reaction to temptation.”  Note the progression that is involved that leads to sin and death (James 1:12-15).

Blame. Do you blame the devil for all your problems and the sins you commit? Did you know that he must get permission from God before he or his demons can hurl their fiery darts against Christians (See Luke 22:31, 32; Ephesians 6:13; Job 1:12; 2:6)? How many of his 14 temptations can you identify and what is the Biblical way to overcome them (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17)? How do you overcome the strong desires (sinful lusts) that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13)? How does the present world system appeal to maturing believers and how does a Christian overcome it (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-24)?

Salvation. For someone to be saved today from eternal condemnation, he/she must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Are you “believing in vain” by trying to add your good works to faith (1 Corinthians 15:2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Matthew 7:21-23)? Please read the “Bad News & Good News” on our website. Once you’re truly saved and have assurance from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), we’d like to have a part in your spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and show you how you can serve God effectively with your spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) while you’re here on earth. We’d like to show you how you can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

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

Spiritual Warfare: Devil https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

Our Sin Nature:  https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

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David & Goliath

Our oldest son, David belongs to a “travel club.” He meets a lot of interesting people along the way. A few years ago he met LaBron James who is 6’8” tall. More recently he met Shaquille O’Neal who is 7’1”. He posted a picture of himself on Facebook with both of these men. He looks small in comparison to them.

Goliath. But did you know that Goliath was over nine feet tall (1 Samuel 17:4). He would have made LaBron and Shaquille look small. He was the champion of the Philistines who defied the God of the Israelites. While he was still a youth, David (of the Bible, not our son), challenged him to a duel. You probably know the outcome of that incident. After David hurled a stone to his head, Goliath came tumbling down. David eventually became the King of Israel and it was from his line that God said the Messiah would come (1 Samuel 7:12ff). We believe that this prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came to earth 2,000 years ago (See Matthew 1; Luke 3).

Giants. Prior to the universal flood that took place in the days of Noah, we learn from the Scriptures that there were giants on the earth in those days and afterward. We’re told that the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown (Genesis 6:4ff).

Identity. Who were these giants? In the Scofied Study Bible notes we read, “Some hold that the ‘sons of God’ were fallen angels ‘who did not keep their proper domain’ (Jude 6, 7)…Accordingly, this intrusion into the human sphere produced a race of wicked giants (Genesis 6:4-6). Others hold that since angels are spoken of in a sexless way (compare Matthew 22:30)…the reference has to do with the breakdown of the separation of the godly line of Seth by the intermarriage with the godless line of Cain…Whichever view is held, it is obvious that Satan attempted so to corrupt the race that the Messiah could not come to redeem man (See Genesis 3:15). But God salvaged a remnant (Genesis 6:8ff), and a godly line was preserved.” (See Scofield Study Bible, NKJV, Genesis 6:4 note).

Tartarus. We understand that the fallen angels/demons who were engaged in this attempt to corrupt the human race are presently confined in a place called Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4). Other fallen angels/demons are still doing Satan’s bidding as they attack believers (Ephesians 6:12; Job 1; 2; 1 Timothy 2:8) and empower false prophets and teachers to distort the Gospel and teach false doctrines (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15; Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 4:1ff).

Judged. Did you know that Christians will judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)? Just as they and the devil will be judged (John 16:8-11), so all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will be judged according to their works to determine, not whether they will get into heaven or not, but their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Saved. We don’t want you or any other human being to go to this awful place. You can be forgiven (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9). No one needs to go there because Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day and offers eternal life and deliverance from that place. It takes one simple act of faith to be saved (John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

New Life. You can have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:11-13). Would you like to have it and be assured of it? Upon believing in Christ, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). Once you have it, you can’t lose it (John 19:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). God wants you to let Him live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Please visit our updated website and let us know what you think about it: www.kelseypeach.com. Read “The Bad New & Good News” first. Then download and study our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” to see where we are in time and how this should affect your life today.  Make a few copies of it and share it with others. To receive our future articles as they come out, click on “Follow” or “Subscribe.”  If this article has helped you understand what is going on in the spirit world behind the scenes, please let us know.  We want all Christians to live victoriously over the devil, their own sin nature, and the present world system.  (See our other articles about spiritual enemies.)

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When is it wrong to do what is right? This may seem like a foolish question and yet there are some times when this is true. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and acted independently of God, just as Lucifer did (Isaiah 14:13, 14; Ezekiel 28:12-19), they were immediately separated from fellowship with God and began to die physically (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-7; 5:5). By the way, are you doing the right things independently of God? If you’re a Christian, you should always include God in your plans (James 4:13-17). You should say, “God willing, I will do ….” Wise King Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Conscience. For about the next 1,600 years, after the fall of Adam and Eve, they and their descendants lived according to their depraved and distorted consciences. (See our Dispensations Chart.) They thought they knew the difference between good and evil, but in the eyes of God “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and…every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Why? The heart [of mankind] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9). Furthermore, “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (See Romans 3:10-23). This means all mankind is totally depraved. No, we haven’t been as bad as we could be, but we are as bad off as we can be unless we have the righteousness of Christ put to His account.

Imputation. This takes place when we believe on Christ alone to save us (John 16:10; Romans 4:1-8). It is as though God is saying, “You acted right by dying for your sins in the person of your Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (See Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:23). Unsaved people don’t have a spark of divinity in them that just needs to be fanned so they can become better on their own without God’s help.

Flood. Since the people before the universal flood were so wicked, (not much different from people today – See 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-7), God found it necessary to destroy all mankind off the face of the earth. Noah and his three sons and their wives were exempt from this destruction, because he (Noah) was a just man who walked with God (Genesis 6:9). From these three families God repopulated the earth. We all are descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Genesis 6:10). The ethnic groups began to take shape after the flood when God came down as the rebels, led by Nimrod (Genesis 10:8, 9), were building the Tower of Babel. He confused their language, so that they didn’t understand one another’s speech (Genesis 11:7).

Sin Nature. In spite of his being a righteous man, Noah and his sons retained their sin natures (dispositions) and passed them down to all mankind (Genesis 9:20-29; Psalm 51:5). Contrary to what some “preachers” are telling people, we don’t lose this sinful nature (disposition) when we are saved and “born again from above” (John 3:3-6; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). We will have it until we die physically or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9). An unsaved person who dies physically in unbelief will carry his sin nature into the next life as he suffers forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). He will still have all the vile and sinful cravings he had on earth, but he won’t ever be able to have them satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).

Potential. As Christians, we still have the potential to engage in all the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-13; James 4:1-6). But Christians can live victoriously over the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature if/when we “walk by means of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25). A Christian doesn’t have to keep on giving in to the lusts (strong desires) that come from his/her sin nature, the devil, or the present world system. Each of these three spiritual enemies must be overcome by using three separate tactics. Do you know how to do this?

Divine Nature. All true believers in the Christ of the Scriptures (not the cults) become partakers of the divine nature at the time of their salvation and are enabled to do things that please God (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 2:13; 4:13). There is nothing an unsaved person can do to earn his/her salvation or favor with God (Romans 8:8). Salvation is a gracious gift from God that must be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you received it yet? Do other people know about your new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)? Are you doing God’s work God’s way and according to the rules that He has established (2 Timothy 2:5)? In spite of what many religions believe and practice, “The end doesn’t justify the means.” So why do some people say, “Let us do evil that good may come”? Are you serving God and others with gladness, joy, and with “agape” love or for some other selfish reason (Galatians 5:13, 22; 1 Corinthians 13; 4:5; Psalm 100:2)? God, who is omniscient, knows all about you (John 2:24, 25; See Psalm 10:11).  We will all stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge, someday (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  What will His assessment of your works be (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15)?

Spiritual Gifts. Do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14)? What are you doing that could lead other people to think or believe that you might be a true Christian (James 1:22; 2:18-20)? Are you merely a “professing Christian” or one who “possesses eternal life” right now (1 John 5:12, 13)? Are you living the “abundant life” (John 10:10; See Ephesians 1:3)? This is not “the health, wealthy, and happiness life” that some false teachers are peddling.

Evidence. Abraham was saved when he believed that God would give him a son by his wife Sarah when both of them were very old. That son was Isaac, not Ishmael by Hagar the Egyptian woman (Genesis 16). God told Abraham that he would have numerous descendants (Genesis 15:6). But did you know that other people weren’t aware of the fact that he was a true believer in God for about 20 years or more when he offered up his son Isaac on an altar (See Genesis 22:12; James 2:21)? Are you a “secret Christian” or a “convenient, carnal Christian”? Are you ashamed of Jesus and what He did for you? When was the last time you shared the clear Gospel with someone? “He died on the cross for your sins…and then rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43)? This fact should help you want to resist temptations so you can earn the crown of life (James 1:12).

Beautiful Feet. If you aren’t ashamed of the Gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16, 17) and want to have beautiful feet in God’s sight, then share it with unsaved people so they can have Someone in whom they can believe and be saved (Romans 10:15). If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized by immersion to picture your death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20)? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? It’s the reasonable thing to do. Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic)? If not, what needs to change?

Confession. The unsaved person isn’t required to remember every sin he/she has ever committed and confess them all to God before he/she can be saved. By the way, the only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9; 3:16, 18, 36). The Scriptures don’t talk about“mortal sins” and “venial sins.” When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), he/she receives judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness comes when a Christian repents (changes his/her mind about the sin he/she committed – 2 Corinthians 7:9), and then confesses it directly to God the Father (not to some human priest) by being specific about it and naming it to God (1 John 1:9). God doesn’t forgive us when we generalize or excuse our sins by calling them by some other name. (Example: “God, forgive me of all my sins.”) When you lie, tell God that you lied. If you committed fornication or adultery, or got drunk, you tell Him what you did. Sins, especially unconfessed sins, in the life of a Christian, can lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8). But once saved, Christians are called upon to confess their sins to God the Father when the Holy Spirit brings them to our mind (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). “It is refusing to recognize any restrictions or restraints from God and act as though he had none.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer

Action Steps. “What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These words were addressed to the Jews who were living in rebellion against God and violating their conditional covenant (agreement) with Him (Exodus 19:8; 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 28). They were to do what was right in God’s sight, not what was right in their own eyes and what they thought was right (See Judges 21:25). God made man and He makes the rules for us to follow and obey. (See our Dispensations Chart.) Are you defiant toward God? The Jews were to be merciful toward those who were suffering, and to walk humbly before God. He has been merciful and long suffering toward mankind (2 Peter 3:9). How have you responded to God?

Conclusion. Are you doing the right things independently of God? Are you living by your own rules or according to God’s rules? Are you doing the right things with wrong motives? Remember, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Make sure that you’re truly saved and doing what you do for God’s glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

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

Dispensations Chart: http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

It used to be, and may still be, that preacher’s kids who live in a parsonage, feel like they are living in a fishbowl where everyone can see and hear virtually everything they do and say. Some of them resent this and turn away from their parent’s faith and the church.

Reality T.V. However, with today’s reality shows, there are many “celebrities” who subject themselves to the scrutiny of others and they lack personal privacy. Some of them thrive on the attention of their fans and go to extreme measures to keep them. It seems like the more shocking they are, the more they are admired by their depraved fans (See Romans 1:18-32). Other people don’t want to be in the limelight and are very private about what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19).

Biography. Just suppose that God were still in the business of writing people’s biographies today. Would you like for Him to reveal to an author the dark side of your life as He did in many stories that are found in the Scriptures? Think about the awful things that are recorded about some of the patriarchs. (Examples: Abraham’s lying about his wife Sarah. Isaac’s doing the same thing. Jacob’s deceiving his brother Esau and stealing his birthright. Jacob’s sons selling their brother Joseph to the Midianites. et al.) Some people think that parts of the Bible should be “X” or “R” rated. But everything found in the Bible is accurate in what it says. Much of it serves as negative examples for us not to follow lest we suffer the same kind of consequences in our lives (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Omniscient. While some people think that the IRS, NSA, Facebook and other organizations may have a lot of files and information on almost everyone, their knowledge is still limited. But there is Someone who knows everything about us, including our motivations for doing and saying what we do and say (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:22, 23; Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Imagine that. This may be comforting to those who feel like they have been unjustly treated, and who would like for God to take righteous vengeance on their behalf (Romans 12:19; Revelation 6:10), but it can also be very disconcerting and fearful to those who think that no one knows what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

Accountable. One day everyone of us will give an account of everything we’ve done and said (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12). Our rewards in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined when judgment day comes (Revelation 20:11-15). By the way, there isn’t just one judgment at the end of time when we all stand before the omniscient and righteous Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) for Him to determine if we get to enter heaven or if we end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons.

Sin. There is only one sin that keeps someone out of heaven. It’s the sin of unbelief in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Without the righteousness of Christ put to our account (Romans 4:3-8), we can’t enter heaven. Those who try to get in by their good works, will miss it completely. They will be judged and end up in hell with the devil and his angels/demons (John 16:8-11; See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Identity. Don’t be deceived by the false Christs of the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). The Christ of the Scriptures shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9). God the Son, who is eternal, added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He volunteered to die as a substitute for all our sins on a cross (Hebrews 10:9; John 10:15-18). He was buried in a tomb for three days and nights (Matthew 12:40). Then He rose again bodily on the third day and made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43; 2 John 1:7) over a 40 period of time before He ascended back to heaven with a promise to return someday (Acts 1:3-11; John14:1-3).

Believe. Many people in some parts of the world know little or nothing about the Christ of the Scriptures. Some people know and believe the facts about Christ and the Gospel. But many of them aren’t saved. They haven’t transferred their faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and been saved. They “believe in vain” when they change the Gospel message or add other conditions beside faith (believing) in Christ alone (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Formula. The correct formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works.  The Incorrect formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. Are you making the conditions for spiritual maturity and sanctification the requirements for salvation and justification? God wants Christians who have been saved to be baptized and then present their bodies to Him as a living sacrifice (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). If you’re saved, have you done these things yet? If you want to convince other people (not God who knows your heart) that you are saved, you must do so by displaying good works (James 1:22; 2:18-20).

Lordship Salvation. (1) This heresy involves one’s having to make Christ the Lord and Master of his/her life in exchange for salvation. The Apostle Paul rebuked a demon possessed girl for saying that Jesus was one of many ways of salvation. The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, should read, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us “a way” of salvation” (Acts 16:17; See Acts 4:12; John 14:6). The only requirement for salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel as the only condition for salvation.

False Conditions. By twisting the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16), some people make faith plus water baptism the condition for salvation. Others make faith plus the confession of all your sins necessary for salvation. (What happens if someone can’t remember them all?)  Still others change repentance to mean turning from sin completely rather than a change of mind. Some men believe and teach that a Christian loses his/her sin nature when he/she gets saved and that there is no such thing as a “carnal Christian.” (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). In his little booklet entitled “The Gospel” Dr. Ron Shea deals with some of these false conditions for salvation. (2)

Security/Assurance. They aren’t the same thing. Do you know the difference between the two? The true believer’s security is a fact (John 10:28, 39; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Philippians 1:6). But his/her assurance comes from the written Word of God (1 John 5:13) and the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23). The spirit is the only part of the Christian that is saved at the present time (Romans 8:16; See 1 Corinthians 6:17). Do you know when the soul (emotions) and the body of the Christian are saved (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:3)?

Help. We’re here to try to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). All Scripture is for us but not all of it is addressed to Christians (Titus 1:9). We encourage you to examine yourself to see if you are really saved God’s way (2 Peter 1:10). Once you know for sure that you are saved (1 John 5:13), share the Clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16).

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1) Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

(2)The Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Recommended ReadingSo Great Salvation by Dr. Charles Ryrie

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802478184-so-great-salvation-what-it-means-to-believe-in-jesus-christ

Dispensations Chart: http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Dispensations are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. They are NOT different ways of salvation.

I salute the brave, American NFL player, Benjamin Watson for his comments on one of the cable networks, even though they cut him off short for saying what he did.  He just happens to have skin that is darker than mine.  He said that the problem in the world today involves sin, not one’s skin color. He’s right. (Please refer to the article at the end.) Let’s talk about the problem called “racism.”

Image. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). That image was tainted when they ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6-11). It won’t be restored to be like God’s until the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:3). Do you know the difference between the image of God and the likeness of God?

Slaves. Many people, throughout human history, have been involuntary slaves to other people. This problem still exists in many countries, including our own in perhaps a different form. (One example: Human trafficking) The Jews were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years (Deuteronomy 6:21; 28:68; Acts 7:19). Even after they got into the land that was promised to them as an everlasting possession (Genesis 15:18-21), they became the slaves of their enemies whom they allowed to continue to live in the land. God had told them to get rid of them when “the iniquity of the Amorites was complete” (Genesis 15:13-16; Leviticus 33:52).

Judgment. God used the Jews to punish the wicked, diseased, and immoral Canaanites who were living in the land that was promised to the Jews forever. Many years later God used the wicked Babylonians to punish the rebellious Jews for violating God’s laws and the Sabbatical years (See Daniel 1:1, 2; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Leviticus 25:4; 2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:12-14; 29:10).

Opposition. God is opposed to man’s efforts to create a one world government and a one world religion. But He will allow a man (antichrist) to have control over it for seven years just before Christ returns to rule and reign over the earth for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). If God let man have control over the earth longer than seven years, no one would survive on earth (Matthew 24:22). During this time, over one half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). When Christ returns, He will be the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). These days may come a lot sooner than most people think. What about you? Are you living in the light of Christ’s imminent return (John 14:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:8)?

The Devil. He’s a cruel taskmaster and wants to take as many people as he can to hell with him. There is no salvation offered to him or his angels/demons. Christ only died for the sins of mankind (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2). This includes all men, not just a select few (1 Timothy 4:10). We don’t believe in “limited atonement.”

Voluntary Slavery. When people in the Old Testament times were enslaved to other Jews to pay off their debts, some of them found their masters to be kind and generous. When the time came for them to be set free, some of them chose to remain as slaves. To demonstrate their voluntary submission to their master, they had their ears bored with an awl. This left a scar that identified them as someone’s slave (Exodus 21:6).

Employment. In our country we usually have the freedom to choose for whom we will work in exchange for pay. Some people have good employers and others don’t. Regardless of what kind of boss you have, a Christian employee is supposed to do what the boss wants done so his product and/or service will bring in customers who will be willing to pay for them. The masters/owners/employers of the business also have responsibilities and are accountable to God (Ephesians 6:5-9). Every Christian is called upon to present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice so that God can use them for His glory and their happiness (Romans 12:1, 2). If you’re a believer, have you done this? If not, why?

Pride. There is the pride of race, place, and face. Believe it or not, there is just one race – the human race (Acts 17:26). We all go back to Adam and Even (Genesis 1, 2) and then through Noah and his three sons and their wives who didn’t die in the universal flood (Genesis 7, 8). The ethnic groups began to take shape after the flood when the Lord came down and changed their one language into many languages. Thus the work of building the Tower of Babel came to an end (Genesis 11). This is also the time when the continental shift began to take place and the topography of the earth changed (Genesis 10:25; See Isaiah 40:4). As the people with the same languages spread out, they began to intermarry and certain traits began to develop. Some people are proud of own accomplishments and their place/station in life. Still others are proud of their bone structure and facial features. All such pride is an abomination to God (Proverbs 6:16; 8:13). Learn about Lucifer’s problem with pride in Isaiah 14:11-15 and in Ezekiel 28:17. After all, what do you have that you didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7)? “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:7).

Flesh. We all have a sin nature (disposition) that we inherited from our parents (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). No parent has to teach his/her child to be bad. It comes naturally. It causes us to distort good things into evil things that can lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Are you committing the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16)​​? Do you know what it is? Hatred of other people can lead to murder as it did in the case of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4). But the Christian who is filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and who walks by the Spirit can’t/won’t fulfill the strong desires (lusts) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25).

Conquer. Strife and unscriptural divisions are works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21; See 2 Corinthians 6:17). The devil can take advantage of this to destroy people and nations. He hates God and His people, the Jews and the true Christians. Don’t confuse these two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God is dealing with the true Church now, but His time clock with the Jews will begin again when the man of sin (antichrist) signs a 7 year peace agreement with the Jews after the true church has been raptured (See Romans 11:25; Daniel 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). We hope you won’t be “left behind.”

Anarchy. Today lawlessness (sin) abounds everywhere (1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). It’s going to get worse until Christ returns after the Seven Year Tribulation (Daniel 9:27) when 21 judgments are poured out on the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 6-19). He will put an end to it when He comes and crushes His enemies with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 19:11-16). His love for mankind (John 3:16, 18, 36) doesn’t keep Him from displaying His righteous anger and wrath toward wicked people, the devil, and his angels/demons (Revelation 6:16; 19:20, 21; 20:1-6).

Interpretation. We take God at His word. We believe that God means what He says and says what He means. Most Bible commentators take the Old Testament and the prophecies that were made about Christ’s first coming literally. But when it comes to Bible prophecy, many of them interpret it allegorically and twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:15). We believe that this is dishonest and makes God out to be a liar. He can’t/won’t lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). We are not free to change the normal rules of interpretation just because we don’t like something that goes against our thinking or feelings. All of God’s attributes are in harmony with each other.

G.W.T. The Great White Throne judgment will be for all unbelievers. They will stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). He will judge each one according to his/her works to determine his/her degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t be one who will be separated from God forever.

Gospel. The Good News that leads to salvation is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Anyone who believes on Him alone will be saved (Acts 16:31). We’re not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We don’t believe in the universal salvation of all men and the devil and demons.

Final Solution. The injustice of “racism and slavery” won’t come to an end until Christ returns to this earth to rule as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Revelation 18:13). There is coming a day when all mankind will admit that Jesus is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11). This verse does NOT teach “universalism” and that everyone will eventually be saved. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Are you truly saved? Do you have assurance of your salvation? You can.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this articles has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with someone else. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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From the frying pan into the fire.”

   My friend and I went to High School in Japan together.  When it came time for us to go to college in the States, we both chose a Christian college in Minnesota.  I recall the first day I got on campus.  It was rather cold and rainy.  I felt a little let down and disappointed with what I saw.

Orientation.   As new students, my friend and I went to orientation together to learn about the school and the “House Rules.”  They were quite strict but I thought I could live with them.  My friend, rather reluctantly, chose to go along with them too.  We lived in the same dorm.

Fire. It wasn’t too long before my friend really began to chafe under the rules.  As I recall, he endured our first year together but decided not to come back the next year.  So what did he do?  He joined the marines!  Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire, he did just that.  He soon learned what it meant to be regulated by all kinds of strict rules.

House Rules. Let’s talk about the seven different “House Rules” that are found in the Bible.  Every home, every nation, and every country needs rules if there is to be harmony and the survival of its citizens.  Rules aren’t like pie crusts that are meant to be broken.  When everyone does what is right in his own eyes, you have anarchy and confusion among the people (Judges 21:25). As Paul Harvey used to say, “Self-government won’t work without self-discipline.”  Think about the lawlessness that exists in our own country and all around the world.  The Bible predicted it (2 Timothy 3:1-5). 

Enslaved. This kind of lawless behavior went on for about 400 hundreds in the land of Israel among the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. Since they didn’t keep their promise to obey God’s laws, God allowed their enemies in the land to enslave them.  You can read about the seven cycles of discipline that went on over and over again in the Old Testament book of Judges.  When they engaged in sinful rebellion against God they went from sin into servitude. Then they cried out to the Lord with supplication.  God sent them a deliverer and saved them.  This led to their having silence until they reverted back into their lawlessness. 

New Rules. After Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead, believers, from the Day of Pentecost, were placed under different “House Rules.”  These rules, generally speaking, can be found between John 13 and Revelation 4.  (See our Dispensations Chart for more information.)  These are the rules that govern Christians who live in the Dispensation of Grace.

Maturity. Christians who try to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Mosaic Law, that includes the Ten Commandments, the statutes, and the ordinances (with over 600 rules and regulations), will be displeasing to God.  The early Christians living in the region of Galatia were trying to do this.  But the Apostle Paul rebuked them for doing this (Galatians 3:1).  

New Commandment. Just before He went to the cross Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment that involved their loving one another as He had loved them (John 13:34, 35).  Under the Mosaic Law the best a person could do was to love his neighbor as himself (Leviticus 19:18). 

Agape. To have God’s “agape” love, a believer must have all his known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16), and be yielded to God the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1, 2; Ephesians 5:18) so He can produce the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christ likeness (Galatians 5:22, 23).  This love should be directed back to God and to His children first (See Galatians 6:10).  It’s possible for maturing Christians to misdirect God’s love toward the diabolical world system (1 John 2:15-17).  Are you doing this yourself?  If so, stop.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change when they see the truth from God’s Word. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share it the others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

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