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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

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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.”

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The Rapture (catching away) of the true church is going to affect every person on earth in one way or another. It will be the turning point that will change the course of human history. God doesn’t want His children to remain in the dark and be ignorant of this event. It gives us hope (a confident expectation based on a promise from God who cannot lie – Titus 1:2). It can/should bring happiness into our lives (Titus 2:13), comfort us when a believing loved one or friend is taken from us in death (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and it can/should motivate us to live morally pure lives (1 John 3:3. 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

If you are a true Christian (1), who has a desire to discover for yourself what the Scriptures say about this momentous event (See Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), we have some questions for you to consider so that you can have an answer for those who might ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). Having a part in another person’s salvation entitles a believer to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one? An even greater joy will come to you if you help that new believer come to spiritual maturity (3 John 1:4).

We’d like for you to use this method to discover the truth from God’s Word. Observation – What do I see in the text? Interpretation – What does it mean? Application – How does it work? Also, ask the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions as you consider the text found primarily in John 14:1-6.

Who are the people involved in this section? John 14:1-6

Who, among the disciples, is missing and why? John 13:21-30; 12:6

Whom would Jesus send to replace Himself? John 14:16

Who is the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the giver of eternal life? John 14:6

Who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit? John 14:17

What was causing the Lord’s disciples to be so troubled in heart? John 13:36; Matthew 16:20, 21; See Philippians 4:6, 7

What should believers do with God’s promises? Hebrews 4:2; Romans 1:17

What were the disciples hoping would take place? Matthew 20:21; Acts 1:6

What promise did Jesus give to them? John 14:2, 3; See Acts 1:11

What does this place look like? Revelation 21:9-27

Where and when were these words spoken to the disciples? Mark 14:14, 15

Where was Jesus going to go after He left them? John 16:10, 16, 17, 28

Where did Old Testament believers go at the time of their death? Luke 16:19-31; 23:43

Where are Old and New Testament deceased believers residing today? Ephesians 4:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:4

Where will resurrected Old Testament believers live in the future? Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13

When would Jesus be crucified and why? John 18:28; Matthew 26:5; See John 1:29

When will Jesus return for Christians? See John 6:37; Romans 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9

When is the only time a person can be saved? 2 Corinthians 6:2; See Hebrews 9:27

When/why will our works be judged? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:20-24; Revelation 20:11-15

When will you die and what will happen to you when you do? James 1:15; 4:14; 5:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 John 5:16

Why do most people reject the truth and Christ as their Savior? John 3:19; Romans 1:18-32

Why do so many Christians lack resurrection power? Romans 8:5-8; 7:15-25; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18

Why should God let you into His heaven? Titus 3:5; Romans 4:11; See Matthew 7:21-23

Why are good works excluded from our salvation? Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 1:29

Why do you do what you do? Matthew 6:5; John 12:43; James 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Application: Is there an example for me to follow? A sin for me to avoid? A promise to claim? A prayer for me to repeat? A command to obey? A condition to meet? A verse to memorize? An error to mark? A challenge to face? (Adapted from Howard Hendricks)

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You can gain entrance into heaven to be with God and other believers forever without understanding all the “House Rules” and pledging to keep all of them in order to be saved. But you cannot get into heaven if you are trusting in the wrong Jesus or are trying to get in by your good works (Matthew 24:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Christ. Who is the Christ of the Scriptures? He is fully God and shares an equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 ). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died for our sins, was buried for three days and three nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). Then He made Himself visible to more than 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return (John 14:1-3).

Object Of Faith. If your faith in resting in Him alone, you will have the witness of God the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). You can also have the witness of God’s infallible Word to give you assurance of eternal life (God’s quality of life) to enjoy while you are here on earth (John 10:10). Heaven is also a gift to believers from God that will be enjoyed at the time of physical death or the rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:13).

Good Works. Once a person in genuinely saved, he/she can begin to do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are related to the spiritual gift that each believer was given at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). The “Grace House Rules” apply to all Christians. They generally can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3. The six other “House Rules” given to other people in other times are not applicable to Christians unless the same rules are also given to Christians. (Example: 9 of the 10 commandments given to the Jews are repeated somewhere in the rules given to Christians.)

Differences. Since all the “House Rules” come from God Himself, and since He can change them to test some or all of mankind, we need to realize that while all Scripture is to be believed, not all of Scriptures is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). A Christian who tries to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system (that included bloody sacrifices) or certain dietary rules (example: Leviticus 1-15) will surely be adding worthless works to himself and will be cutting himself off from benefits that could have been his to enjoy (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian’s works that have the quality of wood, hay, and straw will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without the loss of salvation, but those works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Degrees. It is our understanding that some Christians will enjoy heaven more than other Christians will. Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), or are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). They rarely do the desirous will of God for their lives. (Example: They don’t give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18) They won’t receive the crowns, praise, and rewards that obedient Christians will receive. Many Christians are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). On the other hand, some unbelievers will suffer more in the lake of fire than others do. The Great White Throne judgment is not designed to determine one’s entrance into heaven or not, but to judge the unbelievers wicked works (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus Himself said that it will be more tolerable for some than others (Matthew 10:5; 11:22, 24). If you don’t believe this, you’re calling Him a liar.

Hell. The lake of fire is a real place to which real people go to spend eternity apart from God where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). God doesn’t want people to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to glorify God the Father by dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead. Only a living Savior can help us. By observing nature, anyone can know that there is a God who exists and that He is powerful. All are without excuse (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Fools deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1).  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9).

Application. In which family are you right now – God’s or Satan’s (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Not until you’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23) do you enter God’s family. By one act of faith you can enter into God’s forever family. Once you’ve entered it, God wants you to walk in a continual attitude of faith in His promises that are for us to claim (Romans 1;17; Hebrews 4:2). He desires that you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serve Him and others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He’d like for you to reproduce yourself by sharing the clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

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Do you ever feel like a gerbil running on a wheel in a cage but getting nowhere? Maybe you’re in the older generation that likes to sit in a rocking chair and go back and forth without getting anywhere either. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “Some folks are like wandering generalities and others are meaningful specifics.” Which would describe you right now?

As you look at your current situation in life, are you finding significance to your life? Do you dread having to go to work on Monday mornings? Would you rather be in a bed in great pain like some folks are?

How would you answer these questions? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? Where will I go when I die? What is the meaning and purpose for man’s existence. Is it all vanity as King Solomon suggested as he pursued the pleasures of life? What can we know about life after death? Who has the answers? What can I do to be assured of a better future? Why are so many Christians not much different from unbelievers?

Do you claim to be a Christian? How did you become one? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you have to go to Purgatory first? What is the formula for salvation? What if you sin after you’ve been saved? Is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? What is “Lordship for salvation” all about?

By what rules are Christians supposed to live – the Old Testament or New Testament rules? How many different sets of rules are found in the Scriptures? What are they and what is the purpose for God’s giving them to some or all of mankind? Are Christ’s words more inspired than the rest of the Scriptures?

If you’d like to learn how you can become a Christian and know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, and if you’d like to learn what you, as a Christian, can do to be well pleasing to God rather than grieving or quenching Him, we invite you to join us for some Bible studies on the Internet on Facebook live. If you can’t join us live, you can watch them later when you have time. If they are too long to watch at one time, you can stop them and pick it up later.

We will be using our “Dispensations Chart” for these sessions. We’d like for you to make a copy for yourself on a colored sheet of paper, and then make four more copies to give out to other believers who are teachable and willing to change and who acknowledge the authority of the Scriptures over their lives (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Do you know what part of it is for us and which parts are to us?

Please read “The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea so you have a clear understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. There are many people who think they’re going to heaven who aren’t going there. Become familiar with this information so you can share it with other lost people and introduce them to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved.

By your sharing this information with just one person who in turn shares it with others, you can find great satisfaction and joy as you see people coming to Christ and being saved and growing spiritually while glorifying God here on earth.

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