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“If you were Satan, which doctrine would you want to undermine? Which area of theology would you pervert, to prevent people from being saved? An individual may be wrong about the doctrine of the church or deny the millennial kingdom and yet doubtless be gloriously redeemed. However, if a person is wrong on the doctrine of salvation, specifically, the prerequisites for salvation, he misses the very heart of the gospel. One would expect Satan to attack in the area of soteriology. Indeed, he has! The informed and discerning believer soon realizes that there is a battle raging among evangelicals and fundamentalists over the matter of the conditions for salvation.”

“What is the necessary condition for salvation, faith in Christ as Savior or faith plus commitment of life? It is true that some believers dedicate their lives to the Lord at the moment of salvation. The Apostle Paul immediately asked the question: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? (Acts 9:6). With most believers, dedication takes place after a fuller understanding of their spiritual responsibility. Key soteriological passages such as Acts 16:31 and Ephesians 2:8,9 teach that faith in Christ alone is the prerequisite for salvation.” Dr. Manfred Kober

Please take time / make time to read what he has written about this vital doctrine.  Your eternal destiny hinges on a proper understanding and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

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The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [those who aren’t Jews]” (Romans 1:16).

Quiz. “Each year, as I teach the doctrine of salvation, I give a quiz to test my students’ understanding of the Gospel. I ask them to imagine that they are in a hospital room, calling on an unbeliever who is at death’s door. The students have time for only twenty-five words to communicate the Gospel. After the 25th word the patient has passed away. What would the students say in this situation? Are they able to express the Gospel so concisely that if the mortally ill person responds properly, he is saved? Do the students comprehend the Gospel sufficiently to put the saving message in these few words?” – Dr. Manfred Kober. Do you know what you would say to such a person who was dying? If not, read his article below to find out how you too can share the gospel in 25 words. [1]

“Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?” If not, read Dr. Ron Shea’s little booklet to help you. Or you can listen to an audio version of this too. [2]

Believing In Vain? Don’t be among those who “believe in vain” by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-11) as the cults and false religions do. Please read about “Lordship Salvation” by Dr. Manfred Kober [3] and George Zeller. [4]

Limited? Did Christ only die for a select group of people rather than for all mankind? What serious problems stem from believing in “limited atonement”? [5]

Your Destiny. My friend, having a correct understanding of the Gospel and believing in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the cults or false religions, will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). You can know the facts of the Gospel, and believe the facts to be true without placing your faith in Christ alone to save you. Good works can’t save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [through the message of the Gospel] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Answer. What are the 25 words you could use with a person who is about to die or with anyone else so he/she could be saved? “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [1]

Personal Testimony. I had a similar situation happen to me recently when I went to the hospital to visit a lady who was dying. I asked her if she knew for sure that she would go to heaven the moment she died. She said she didn’t know. I then asked her why she thought God might let her into heaven. She responded by saying that she thought she was a pretty good person. I shared with her the fact that we’re all sinners who have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10, 23). We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I asked her if she’d like to trust in Christ alone to save her. She responded by saying “Yes.” She died a few days later. Death bed conversions? Yes, I believe in them. I also had the privilege of leading a 95 year old man to the Lord awhile ago.

You Too. My friend, you can lead people to Christ too. A “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those who are involved in leading others to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19).

Help. If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:6-8), or if you believe that you must go to a purging place first, we’re here to help you make the most important decision of your life. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Don’t put this off because our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1). Make sure today! (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kolber,

[2] “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea


[3] “Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” Dr. Manfred Kober

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[4] Lordship Salvation, by George Zeller,

[5] Limited Atonement: by George Zeller


John 10:7-10

“Our largely urban society does not have much knowledge of the fine art of herding sheep. Most of what we know we have learned from the Bible itself. We do know about doors, however. Our twentieth-century world has all kinds of doors- automatic sliding doors, revolving doors, elevator doors, car doors, French doors, patio doors and jumbo jet doors…” – Dr. Paul Tassell

In addition to identifying Himself metaphorically as the true Shepherd, Jesus also referred to Himself as the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). For anyone to enter into God’s presence in heaven, a person has to come through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). As the Good Shepherd He is the God/man who has provided all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Salvation. All of us were born with sinful natures (dispositions) that we inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12). We’ve all sinned and come short of God’s glory and deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But God saw us in our misery and so One of the members in the Godhead made the choice to come down to earth, take to Himself a human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-9). After living a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), He volunteered to lay down His life as a Substitute and pay the debt that we all owed to God (John 10:18; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 3:18). The only condition placed on us to receive this deliverance from the lake of fire and to receive eternal life is faith (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, a Christian can/should demonstrate his faith to other people by being baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20). It isn’t part of our salvation but is evidence of it (Acts 8:36-38).  It enables us to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Safety. Our world is filled with spiritual thieves and robbers (John 10:1-10; 2 Peter 2:1ff). False teachers are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. They come to steal, kill, and destroy God’s sheep. True shepherds of the Lord must do their best to guard His sheep (Acts 20:29). Thankfully, even though the false teachers may be allowed to kill the sheep (Matthew 10:28), they can’t rob us of our eternal life that is found in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). True believers are secure in God’s hands (John 10:28, 29) and are sealed by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). We have been saved from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); we shall be saved from the presence of sin either at the time of our physical death or the Rapture (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Sustenance. Babies need milk right after they are born (1 Peter 2:2). But as they mature, they should move on to the meat (solid food) of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). The Shepherd leads His sheep to the green pastures and still waters (Psalm 23:2). He will keep His eyes opened for the dangerous weeds of false doctrines that come from demons and their agents (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). He will teach them about the promises of God that can and can’t be claimed. He will make distinctions between the promises given to Israel and the promises given to the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 11:1ff; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9).

Opposition. To keep the sheep from denying the Lord as the Apostle Peter did (Matthew 26:74), the Lord’s under-shepherds need to teach them about the devil’s tactics (1 Peter 5:8) and let them know that they can/should expect to be persecuted if/when they tell others that Jesus is the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6; 16:2; 2 Timothy 3:12). But God will never leave or forsake His own (Hebrews 13:5). He will give us His strength.

Help. If you aren’t absolutely sure of your salvation, please let us help you come to have assurance of it (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). If you’re saved but don’t feel at ease with God, there is probably some barrier that has come between you and Him. Known sins need to be confessed to God the Father before family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).  If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website:  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  

Clear Gospel.

A week before he was to take the stand as a witness against the accused, he was brutally gunned down as he came out of a restaurant. Being a witness against someone can be a dangerous thing, especially if the person being tried is part of organized crime.

Swear. While many of us have served on jury duty, fewer of us have ever been called to be a witness on the stand in a court of law. Before testifying, one is supposed to swear on the Bible to tell the truth. In spite of this, many people lie or twist the truth.

Flat Tire. It was a bright spring day and four boys failed to show up at high school until noon, reporting they’d had a flat tire. The teacher smiled understandingly and informed the youths that they’d missed a morning test so she would give them another. She requested that they sit apart from one another. The exam proved very brief. As the boys sat, pencils in hand, the teacher gave them one question: “Which tire was flat?” – Source unknown.

Abomination. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22) and those whose character is one of a liar will end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil/demons and others who lack Christ’s righteousness (Revelation 21:8; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46). Do you know how to secure His righteousness to insure yourself a place in heaven (Romans 4:3-16; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13)?

Truth. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a politically correct statement to make. It’s excludes all other ways to God. But Jesus spoke the truth about Himself to the people of His day. Most of the Jews refused to believe in/on Him as their promised Messiah and as the Son of God (John 20:31; John 1:11).

Purpose. Jesus’ primary purpose in leaving heaven and coming to earth was to glorify God by making the Godhead known to His creatures (John 17:3). Through selected Old Testament prophets (2 Peter 1:21) some knowledge of God was gained, but the greatest manifestation of the Godhead was on display for about 33 years while Jesus walked here on earth. If He had sinned, His disciples would have know about it (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). He would not have been qualified to be our Savior.

Witnesses. Having died for our sins…and having risen again bodily from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples some clear commands. “Go therefore and make disciples (true believers) of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20). Just before He ascended back to heaven publicly, gradually, and literally, Jesus said to His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnessed to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Sadly, the early Jewish Christians didn’t begin to evangelize the non-Jews until persecution arose against them (Acts 8).

Questions. Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you shared the clear Gospel message with someone else (1 Corinthians 14:3, 4)? What did you tell them they had to do to be saved (Acts 16:31)? Are you doing the works that God planned for you to be doing (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Are you edifying other believers when you gather on the Lord’s day (Hebrews 10:24, 25)? What kind of an influence are you having on others – good or evil? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life (1 John 1:9)? If so, would you like to get back in fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10)?  Do you know the difference between the Scriptures that are to be believed and those that are to be believed and practiced? All of it is  for us but not all of it is addressed to us.  If you don’t have our FREE “Dispensations Chart,” ask for one.  It could open up the Scriptures for you as it did for me many years ago.

Help. As a fellow traveler along life’s road, we’re here to try to help those who want to discover the truth that is found in the Word of God (John 17:17). If you’re teachable and willing to change when you’re exposed to it (2 Timothy 2:2, 15), and would like our help, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website:

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Clear Gospel:

Gospel In Less Than 25 Words:

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages.


Talking about “The Gospel” is of no value. That is, unless it is proclaimed clearly and in its entirety. All too often you hear men telling others that it is the Gospel that saves people, and yet they don’t tell them what it is and what they need to do with reference to that information. Demons believe in God and the Gospel but they aren’t saved (James 2:19). Do you think you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into heaven? If you think you’re going there, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? How secure are you?

Confused? Are you confused by religious leaders who can’t seem to agree as to what a person has to do to escape the horrors of the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46) and enter heaven to spend eternity with God? Believe me, I struggled for many years in my earlier days. I believed what the Scriptures had to say about hell and knew that I didn’t want to go there. I thought I was doing the right things by walking forward in church and being baptized and doing good works. But something was missing. I lacked assurance of my salvation. Had I done something wrong or failed to do something?

Confirmation. Were you sprinkled as a baby? Did you go through some religious classes as a young person? Did you study a catechism (questions and answers) like I did? Did you pass a test? Were you given a certificate to hang on your wall to let others know that you were a “full fledged Christian” now?

Conditions. Were you later made to doubt your salvation because you hadn’t met the conditions for “Discipleship” that Jesus required of those who wanted to follow Him? Are the conditions for “Discipleship” and “Spiritual Maturity” the conditions for your initial salvation? Were there disciples who weren’t true believers? Does all this cause you to want to give up and throw in the towel? Are your good works and sincerity enough to get you into heaven or are they a hindrance to your being saved?

Help. To assist you in your understanding of the Gospel, please take/make time to read and think carefully about what you read in the articles below. Before trying to help others, make sure of your own salvation. Once saved, share this information with others so they can be saved too. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:36. My friend, eternity is long time to spend in the wrong place. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website:

Clear Gospel:

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages.

“If life to you seems meaningless, then you could be on the verge of the greatest discovery of your life. God has many unusual ways of drawing individuals to Him and of demonstrating His love and care. With Job, He used tragedy; with the psalmist David, He used the life of a fugitive; with the preacher of Ecclesiastes, He used the emptiness of existence on earth. [With me it was a sports injury when I was in High School.] What is He using in your life to teach you the same important lessons?

Life. “The Bible says that meaningful life…eternal life…abundant life…only come through knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ (John 10:10; 17:3).” – Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible Ministries, p. 222

Personal. Do you know Him as your personal Savior. There are many people who attend church, do good works, know and believe the facts about Christ and the Gospel but who aren’t saved. Do you know why? Upon whom/what is your hope (confident expectation) of spending eternity with God in heaven based?

Gospel. To make sure of your own salvation, please take/make time to read the “Clear Gospel” at Don’t be like those to whom Jesus will say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23; 25:41, 46). If you’re a true believer, are you growing in the Lord and in His Word? Are you serving the Lord with gladness? Are you telling others about the Savior so they can go to heaven too?

Help. We’re here to assist you and/or your friends so you can know that you have eternal life as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Are you teachable and willing to change? If you have questions/comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549.

John 8:12

As tension mounted and as the Jewish leaders were plotting to kill Him, Jesus went up to the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) in Jerusalem. This was a time when the Jews celebrated their deliverance from Egypt and of their having to live in booths during the time of their wilderness wanderings. It lasted for 40 years because the older generation of Jews wouldn’t believe God and enter the land that He had promised to give to them (Genesis 15:18-21; Numbers 13:26-14:4). By the way, are you missing out on many blessings from God because you don’t know about God’s promises and/or won’t claim them and mix them with faith (Hebrews 4:2)? Make sure they are addressed to you, not the Jews. Don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to them. Don’t be misled by those who say that the Church has replaced Israel.

Claim. It was during this feast time that Jesus made a very provocative statement. He said, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). This probably happened about the time when the torch, that represented the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21), was being put out as the feast was concluding.

Light. Some people love darkness and hate the light because it exposes their sinful deeds (John 3:19). Jesus had just shined the light on the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees who had brought a woman, taken in adultery, to Him for her to be stoned to death (John 8:4, 5). Because they were as guilty as she was, they all left one by one from the oldest to the youngest (John 8:9). “When one turns on the light, all the rats, the bats, and the bedbugs crawl away. Light exposes sin, which was the reason [they left].” – Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Mysterious. Light can do strange things. It can enlighten, warm, sustain, gladden, blind, and enable us to see colors. God saw mankind in moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. He wanted all of us to come to the Light (Himself) and be saved from eternal darkness in the lake of fire (Jude 1:13; Matthew 11:28-30; 25:30, 41, 46). He desires the same for us today (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you come to “The Light” to be saved? If not, why not now?

Prophecy. Jesus, the God-man, came to earth to fulfill the prophecies that were made about Him. But most of His own people, the Jews, didn’t receive Him as their Messiah, King, and as the Son of God (John 1:11, 12; 20:31). Therefore, He extended salvation to include the non-Jews (Gentiles) so that anyone who would receive Him would be given the right to become children of God simply by believing in/on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36).

God’s Will. Jesus came to do the Father’s will (Hebrews 10:7, 10). He wanted men to see, in visible, human form, what God was like. So One of the three members in the Godhead added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11). He shed light in the darkness. Mankind was/is enslaved in/by moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. Satan held them and still holds most people today under His control (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19). But upon believing in/on Christ, one’s spiritual eyes are opened and he/she is transferred out of Satan’s domain into God’s family (Colossians 1:13). We are set free from spiritual bondage (John 8:32-36). Are you enslaved in spiritual darkness? Would you like to be set free and receive eternal life?

Gospel. The Good News is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Just knowing and believing these facts can’t/won’t save you. But believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through these facts will result in your being saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31; John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [character and works] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 36).

Return. While He was in the world, Jesus was the light of the world (John 9:5). But since He currently is seated at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ephesians 1:20), He can’t be seen by those of us who are on earth. So He commissioned true Christians to be reflectors of His light/life as long as we are here on earth (Ephesians 5:8; Galatians 2:20). A Christian doesn’t know how long God will keep him/her on earth. So we must treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Don’t waste time on things that have no eternal value. Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “Love people, use things.” Use the world system without abusing it because it is passing way (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). You can’t take things to heaven with you but you can take other people with you. Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? If not, we’re here to help you discover one of life’s greatest joys. You can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by leading someone else to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) and enabling him/her to enter heaven some day.

Christ Likeness. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will produce the “Fruit of the Spirit” (love, joy, peace, etc.) in our lives (Galatians 5:22,23). These things need to be displayed before others as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14). Is sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4) keeping you from having these Christ like qualities in your life? Are you abiding in Christ (John 15:1-10)? Do you feel at ease in His presence, and does He feel at ease in your presence? Are you walking in the light as He is in the light so that you can have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3-7)?

Future. When Jesus returns to this earth, after the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7), He will, once again, be the Light of the world (Malachi 4:2; Acts 1:9-11; See Revelation 22:5). He will return in all His glory with true Christians who will have been caught up (raptured) seven years before the Tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9). We will accompany Him when He returns to this earth to establish His millennial kingdom (Matthew 24:29ff; Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7). As the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8), He will take vengeance on His enemies who mistreated Him and His people (Psalm 2:1-14; Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 6:10, 11).

Until Then. What is a Christian supposed to do while he/she is here on earth? We are to glorify God (make Him known) in all that we do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31). Will you let God live His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? Will you display the “Fruit of the Spirit” before others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:14)? Will you reflect “The Light” before others in a spiritually dark world? If you’re a true Christian, why wouldn’t you want to do this? Unsaved people and carnal Christians aren’t interested in doing these things. What is your true spiritual condition right now?

Help. If you’re not sure you’re a true Christian, or if you are a carnal Christian who needs some spiritual help, we’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Will you share it with others so we can help them too? Thanks. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”