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Sure? Why? Lose?

I enjoy talking to people – that is, to most people. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life and have some long time friends (perhaps acquaintances) with whom I like to stay in touch.

Concern. One of my main concerns for others has to do with their eternal destiny. I believe that people, once they have been conceived in the womb, live forever somewhere. We all have everlasting existence, but we don’t all have “eternal life” – God’s quality of life until we’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-7, 16, 36; 5:24; See 2 Peter 1:3, 4).

Gospel. This comes to us when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the Gospel that is the power of God unto our salvation. (Romans 1:16, 17).

Real Places. The Scriptures teach the reality of heaven and hell. Knowing what it says about hell, I wouldn’t even wish it on my worst enemy. We’re told that it is a place of outer darkness, where there is weeping and the gnashing of teeth that lasts forever (Matthew 23:41; 25:41, 46). Unbelievers are not annihilated or reincarnated at the time of their death. The devil would want people to believe this lie.

Questions. After talking with people to learn more about them, I try to steer the conversation around to spiritual things if I can. I like to ask three important questions to find out what they believe:

SURE? Are you absolutely sure that if you died today you’d immediately go to heaven? Then I wait for their answer. Most people aren’t sure but hope they will get there eventually.

WHY? Why should God let you into His heaven? The usual answer is “I live a pretty good life and I try to keep the commandments.” Few people say, “He shouldn’t let me into heaven, but I’ve trusted in Christ through the Gospel and know and believe that He has saved me by His grace.”

LOSE? If someone gives a relatively good answer to the previous question, I like to ask, “Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? Some people lack assurance of their salvation. Others demonstrate that they aren’t really trusting in Christ alone, but in their faith plus their good works to get saved and stay saved.

My Story. Sometimes I share my personal testimony of my religious background as a “missionary kid” and how I came to have assurance of my salvation when I was in my second year of college. I had known and believed the facts of the Gospel that Christ died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day(1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), but I used to think that I had to contribute some good works to be saved, or that if I sinned after my profession of faith, I must not have been saved.

Promise. As I was reading my Bible one day, I came across the verse in 1 John 5:13 which says, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Assurance. That day I took God at His Word and gained assurance of my salvation that came from the Scriptures and from God the Holy Spirit who indwells believers (Romans 8:16). This didn’t mean that I stopped sinning completely, but that I had received a new nature from God and a new potential so I didn’t have to keep on sinning against God (1 John 2:1).

Confess. Today, when I sin (act lawlessly) as a Christian, I’m to confess my sins to God the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Dire consequences may result if I don’t make things right with God promptly (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). My new nature from God the Father wants to do what is right in His sight even when my sin nature wants me to sin – act lawlessly (See Romans 7:15-25).

Be Honest. How would you answer these three questions? If you have any doubts about your future deliverance from hell to heaven, please contact us so we can help you gain assurance of your salvation.

Help. We are here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually. We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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The Gospel (Good News) we must believe today to be saved: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

There is a lot of confusion in the minds of many people concerning “The Antichrist.” The Scriptures tell us that currently there are many antichrists in the world (1 John 2:18). They are opposed to Christ. Jesus said, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

Before we consider some things about “The Antichrist – Man of Lawless” who is yet to come, let me say that we believe that the Scriptures should be interpreted normally (literally), historically, grammatically, and contextually rather than allegorically which changes the intended meaning of the author (See Ezra 8:7, 8; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 27; Titus 1:9).

Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he told Eve that God really didn’t mean what he said (Genesis 3:1-5). Many religious leaders use this method of interpretation to make the Bible say what they want it to say, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy. Many of them tell people what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Beware of false teachers (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1-25).

We believe that we are very near the end of this “Dispensation of Grace” (often called by some “The Church Age”) which has lasted for about 2,000 years. [1] After the last Gentile person has been saved by believing in/on Christ through the Gospel (Romans 1:16, 17; 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and has become a part of the true Church (the spiritual “Body of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and has done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37; 1 Corinthians 4:5), the Lord will return for “His Church” and make us “His Bride” (John 14:1-3). Perhaps Today! If He came back today, would you be ready?

Before we get to the place (the heavenly New Jerusalem) that Jesus has been preparing for all true Christians (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff), He will judge our works (not us – Romans 5:1; 8:1) at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (somewhere between earth and the third heaven) to determine which works are praiseworthy and which aren’t. If we’ve earned them by our good works, He will give us crowns, rewards, and praise (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). BTW – Heaven is a gift, not a reward for good works. It is part of the “salvation package.” [3]

While there are no sign miracles that precede Christ’s imminent return at the Rapture, there seems to be many indicators that point in that direction. “Things aren’t falling apart; they are falling into place.”

The Rapture brings the “Dispensation of Grace” to an end. The seven year Tribulation doesn’t begin until the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) signs a seven year covenant (agreement) with the Jews to protect them (Daniel 9:27). Antisemitism is once again on the rise, and the apostate churches that believe the church has replaced Israel will be the primary persecutors of the Jews. [4]

We believe that the stage is being set today for the events that will take place during the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27), which will include 21 judgments on the people who are left behind on the earth after the “Rapture (catching away) of the true Church.” [5]

Most Christians believe that the 10 Plagues that came on the Egyptians in Moses’ day were literal plagues (Exodus 7-11). There is no reason to allegorize the 21 judgments (7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and 7 bowl judgments) mentioned in Revelation chapters 6-19.

After the Rapture of the true Church, but before the seven year Tribulation begins, three things need to happen: (1) The Jews must be in the land of Israel for the signing of a 7 year peace agreement (Daniel 9:27; Ezekiel 39:28), (2) the Ten Kings from the Revived Roman Empire must be in power (Revelation 17:13), and (3) the world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3). [6]

Then the Antichrist (Man of Lawlessness) will be promoted by the 10 Kings (rulers) from the Revived Roman Empire (Daniel 2:33; 7:7, 8) and the Head Person of the harlot religion (Revelation 17:3, 7). He will have to share his power with them until the middle of the Tribulation. At that time he will be killed in a war with Russia and her allies (Ezekiel 38, 39).

But he will be brought back to life and then gain complete control over the whole world. He will require that everyone take his “mark of the beast” to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:16-18). Some won’t take it. These people will have great difficulty surviving physically until the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 10:22). But those who take it are doomed forever. It’s an “unforgivable sin” (Revelation 14:9-11). We believe that the Antichrist will be a Gentile (non-Jew), who will be assisted by a Jewish false prophet (Revelation 13:1-18).

Are these two men alive today? They probably are, but we don’t know who they are. The Antichrist won’t be revealed to the world until after the Rapture of the true Church (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) . We believe that all true Christians will be taken from the earth to heaven before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10). We also believe that the Antichrist will be empowered and indwelt by the devil himself (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 13:1-10).

The Anti-christ and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire at the end of the seven year Tribulation, but the devil won’t be cast there until after Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 19:20; 20:10). He will be confined in the Abyss (in the heart of the earth) during Christ’s reign on earth (Revelation 20:1-10). He won’t bother or tempt anyone on earth during this time.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. If you’re interested, we’ve have written many other articles on Bible prophecy and other topics that may be useful to you in your understanding of the Scriptures. [7]

But merely knowing and believing the facts of the Bible and the Gospel won’t save you from the lake of fire (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). [2] If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive by the end of today (James 4:14).

If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others so they can be saved, or if they are saved, they can be comforted and encouraged by the Lord’s imminent return for His own (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (1 Timothy 2:15, 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We can be reached at www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[2] The Gospel (Good News) we must believe today to be saved: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[3] What’s Free? – What’s Earned?

[4] Replacement Theology –

https://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

[5] Rapture = “caught up” – John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

[6] The Order of Coming Events

[7] Bible prophecy articles: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/

An Eerie Moment

Posted: March 3, 2022 in Gospel, Salvation
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“My daughter and I were visiting a college in Bangor, Maine. After a nice trip, we had our GPS take us back to the car rental agency. Except … it just didn’t seem like it was taking us the right way. We were in the middle of nowhere and pulled up to a graveyard and the GPS said, ‘You have arrived at your [final] destination.’ ” – Alan Willett, New York [1]

Where we want to go and where we will finally end up in eternity will be determined by the choice we made in this life with reference to the Lord Jesus Christ to accept Him as our personal Savior or not.

He is the virgin born, sinless, God-man, Who died for our sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. God’s only requirement for our entering into heaven, rather than spending eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire, is for us to put our faith and trust in Him alone for our salvation. No amount of good works can save us. Nor can our faith plus our good works save us. [2]

It is by God’s grace (unmerited favor) alone, that we are saved by faith (believing) alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. The Christs of the cults can’t save anyone. [3]

If you are not absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, please let us help you gain assurance of this as I did many years ago. If you’ve been saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, serve God and others effectively, and reproduce other believers.

We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com

[1] https://www.geico.com/living/home/technology/oh-the-wacky-places-youll-go-with-your-gps/

[2] Gospel presentations – audio/video, illustrated:

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

Many leaders in the world today would like to be “The Ruler of the World.” In a song of yesteryear, Tony Bennet sang, “If I ruled the world, Every day would be the first day of spring, Every heart would have a new song to sing, And we’d sing of the joy every morning would bring. If I ruled the world, Every man would be as free as a bird, Every voice would be a voice to be heard, Take my word we would treasure each day that occurred…” [1] Really?

John Lennon’s song“Imagine,” which is often sung at the Olympic games, proposes that we can get rid of heaven and hell by just imagining them away. This “ain’t going to happen, folks.” [2]

This “Satanically Empowered World Ruler” (Man of Sin – Antichrist) will come to offer world peace (Revelation 6:2-4). But it won’t last very long. Shortly after the 10 kings from the Revived Roman Empire have set him up to rule the world with them, he will wipe out three of them who have second thoughts about him because he apparently has mixed blood (Daniel 2:43; 7:8, 24).

God will allow him to rule over the whole world for seven years before the Lord Jesus Christ destroys him at the end of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 19:19-21). The philosophy of humanism will also be destroyed at this time. [3]

The Anti-christ (Man of Sin) is probably alive at this time and waiting in the wings for his “day in the sun.” After the first 3 ½ years he will be killed in war with Russia and her allies who want to take a spoil from the Jews in Israel (Ezekiel 38, 39). But miraculously he will be restored back to life (Revelation 13:3, 4), and will gain total control of the whole world for the last 3 ½ years known as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff).

This is why there will be silence in heaven for ½ hour when the 7th Seal Judgment takes place at the middle of the 7 year Tribulation (Revelation 8:1). It will be the first time in human history when a mere man will have complete domination of the whole world.

Sadly, during the seven years of the Tribulation, over ½ of the world’s population will die from the 21 plagues that will come on mankind (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). [4]

By the way, the diabolical globalists want to reduce the world’s population down to about 500 million people [5]. The devil and his agents are ruthless murderers (John 8:44) and are opposed to God and His plan for the ages. Are you familiar with it? If not, ask for more information.

If you’re “not a Christian,” or only a “nominal Christian” instead of a“true Christian,” now is the time for you to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Keep this in mind – We are NOT saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith PLUS our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you die physically without Him as your personal Savior, you will end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want that to happen to anyone.

We’re here to assist you if you are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] https://lyricsjonk.com/tony-bennett-if-i-ruled-the-world.html

[2] Ben Shapiro trashes John Lennon’s song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGuYEDEkIP

[3] Humanism – The philosophy that rejects the idea or belief in a supernatural being such as God. This means that humanists class themselves as agnostic or atheist. Humanists have no belief in an afterlife, and so they focus on seeking happiness in this life.
[4] The Order of Coming Events” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[5] Georgia Guide Stones – https://grandmageri422.me/2020/07/11/the-georgia-guide-stones-population-control-and-the-coming-antichrist-we-are-so-close-now/

For additional help, here are a few Gospel presentations (audio/video, or illustrated format): https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Unlike the late Elizabeth Taylor who had 8 husbands, this woman wanted just four husbands. First a banker, then a movie star, followed by a clergyman, and finally a funeral director. When asked why, she responded, “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.” [1]

Some people are very superstitious about the future. And isn’t it amazing what decisions people make, thinking that “somehow things will just work out” if they stay close to the right people? But think about this – God has no grandchildren. We can’t get into heaven based on our parent’s faith.

If we are to be saved from eternal condemnation and enter heaven someday, each of us must personally believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We aren’t saved by our good works. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9.) Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ? If not, why not now? [2]

When you enter into a conversation about future events with some people, you discover that some of them have strange and mixed beliefs. Some people get irritated; others are intimidated, and a few panic. But most people give little or no thought to the return of Christ which is mentioned often in the Scriptures and which we believe is imminent. Some scoff at the idea (2 Peter 3:3 ff).

The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are not to be confused. Do you know “The Order of Coming Events?” [3] Did you know that over ¼ of the Bible, at the time of its writing, was prophetic in nature? Fulfilled prophecy is one of the main reasons we should study and believe the Bible.

Dr. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy. He gave “50 Reasons For A Pretribulational Rapture of the Church” which we would encourage you to read. [4]

If you’re a Christian, God wants you to “Study [the Scriptures carefully – which includes Bible prophecy] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16. 17). Be ready to give good Biblical answers to those who might ask you about your faith in Christ and His Word (1 Peter 3:15).

Instead of wasting your time watching worthless TV shows, click on the links below to access additional information about “Bible Prophecy.” [5] It could change your life dramatically.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] Some material adapted from Charles R. Swindoll’s book, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Multnomah Press, Portland, OR, c. 1986, pp. 263 ff

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

[3] The Order Of Coming Events –

[4] Dr. John Walvoord – 50 Reasons For a Pretribulational Rapture Of The Church”

https://bible.org/seriespage/premillennialism-and-tribulation-%E2%80%94-part-ix-conclusion

[5] Contrasting: The Two Comings Of Christ –

https://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

FREE Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart –

Drs. Tim LaHaye & Thomas Ice, Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy, https://www.amazon.com/Charting-End-Times-Understanding-LibraryTM/dp/0736980172/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?crid=3E2TXJVPXT4WH&keywords=tim+lahaye+charing+the+end+times&qid=1645234723&sprefix=tim+lahaye+charing+the+end+times%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1-fkmr2

Treasures In Dark Clouds

Posted: February 18, 2022 in Compassion, Gospel

“Christians often learn more in times of darkness and trial than in the pleasant sunlight of prosperity. God may be shrouded in a thick, impenetrable cloud when He has something very important to teach us. Yet we will not enjoy the treasures of His grace until we master the lessons He brings us in those gloomy days of distress. Even when we feel utterly forsaken, God is near. We ought to approach our difficulties without flinching. Beyond the blackness of our most severe trial, God’s special blessing awaits us.

“A Christian sat near the peak of a high mountain, watching a storm as it raged below. Suddenly an eagle soared up though the clouds toward the sun-its pinions glistening like diamonds. The man thought to himself, had it not been for the tempest, the bird might have been content to remain in the valley. The same is true of believers. The sorrows of life cause us to rise toward God, where we see His grace in a new and refreshing light. This more than compensates for the momentary distress of our dark trials.” – Henry G. Bosch [1]

“God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing kindness, undying love.” – Annie Johnson Flint [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). [3]

If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do this so you can be saved from everlasting condemnation and enter heaven some day. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24)

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

[1] Henry G. Bosch, Rainbows For God’s Children In The Storm, Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, MI, c. 1981, p. 11

[2] https://hymnary.org/text/god_hath_not_promised_skies_always_blue

[3] Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

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

WHAT IF…

Posted: February 15, 2022 in Evagelism, Gospel, Resurrection, Salvation

Suppose you heard Jesus say to you on judgment day, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” even though you correctly had said to Him, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” (Matthew 7:21-23). This is what is actually going to happen some day to false teachers. What a tragedy this will be.

The only condition for a person’s being saved today is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). Your faith must be in the Christ (God-man) of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults. [1] You must believe in/on Christ through the message of the Gospel – “Christ died for our sins…and rose again [bodily] from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:36-43). Some preachers talk about the Gospel, but never tell others what it actually is. Have you noticed this?

A dead person can’t help anyone. Sadly, Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is often left out of the presentation of the Gospel to lost people. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

We know that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Christ made on our behalf because He raised Jesus from the dead on the third day (Romans 4:25; 6:23; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Just before he was put to death, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). Yes, he insisted that the resurrection of Christ be included in the Gospel presentation. The other disciples were persecuted too for preaching the bodily resurrection of Christ (Acts 3:15; 4:1-3, 10; 5:28-32; 13:30, 34).

Before Jesus returns for Christians at the time of the Rapture (John 14:1-3), what He said to His disciples must happen. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out…No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:37 44).

Our responsibility and privilege, as Christians, is to share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost and headed for the lake of fire (Acts 1:8; Matthew 24:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

If they believe on Christ alone, they will instantly receive eternal life (God’s quality of life – John 3:16; 14:6), and become a part of the spiritual “Body of Christ” where Christ is the Head of the Body (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 21; Colossians 1:18). Sadly, most people will not believe on Him to be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:18-20).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone to save you, now is the time to do it (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that quickly vanishes away (James 4:14). If you have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9), then God wants you to work to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20), by having a part in the salvation of the lost by being a good, clean witness for the Lord (Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:20, 21).

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for Christians(1 Corinthians 3:11-15) you will be able to present a gift to Christ. It will consist of those people whom you led to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Revelation 4:10, 11).

If you need further assistance or have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

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

Clear Gospel Presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that is developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation [from hell to heaven] for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just [justified ones] shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16 17). Visit the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews chapter 11. Let them serve as examples for believers today.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen…by over five hundred brethren at once” (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). (Two facts: He died…, He was rose again…. Two proofs: He was buried…, He was seen….)

My friend, you could know and give mental assent to these facts and still be under condemnation and headed for hell (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46). But if you transfer your faith and trust from your good works or anything/anyone else, over to the Christ of the Scriptures alone, you will be saved from condemnation and receive eternal life and be on your way to heaven. [1]

Jews and non-Jews are saved today by one act of faith in Christ (the God-man) through the Gospel. But once saved, God wants all His children to continue to live in an attitude of faith in God and His promises to Christians. [2]

Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Christ lose their ethnic identities and become one spiritual Body “in Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:4). At the time of his/her salvation, every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” which he/she is to use to glorify God and edify others in the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:10). [3]

Questions: Are you absolutely sure you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

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

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

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

[3] Spiritual Gifts. https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

Clear Gospel Presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA Every Evangelist and Pastor-teacher should watch this and encourage their people to watch it too. He talks about the “Purpose Gospel,” “Puzzling Gospel,” “Prosperity Gospel,” “Pluralistic Gospel,” “Performance Gospel,” and the “Promise-only Gospel” that he developed in his book “Getting The Gospel Wrong.”

Pews – long benches with a back, placed in rows in the main part of some churches to seat the congregation. Thankfully many hard backed pews have been replaced with more comfortable chairs.

But we’re not as concerned with the type of chairs a church has, but rather with the messages that come forth from the pulpit to the needy people “in the pews” who want to hear a message from God. “When it’s foggy in the pulpit it’s cloudy in the pew.” – C. Robert. We don’t want this to happen.

Some church services are in Latin which most people don’t understand. Some preachers like to use foreign words to impress their audiences: sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus. In some churches people supposedly “speak in tongues” and most often without an interpreter which is contrary to Scripture (1 Corinthians 14:27). Learn more about spiritual gifts. [1]

God gave us the Scriptures – a unique Book made up of 66 smaller books. It gives us accurate information on every subject it addresses, and it is totally reliable. It needs to be interpreted normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. (See Nehemiah 8:8). When it is, we come to realize that while there has been and always will be only one way to be saved (by God’s grace through faith in God and His Word.) But there are different “House Rules – Dispensations” that are found in the Scriptures. [2]

Today, the content of faith for our salvation is that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). If anyone adds or subtracts from the main facts, and includes “and…” or “but…”, then he is believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2). Good works are excluded for our salvation lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Salvation comes in three phases: Initially – from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1; 8:1; Ephesians 2:8), Progressively – from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), Ultimately – from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). “Salvation is by grace through faith, is a free gift and wholly without works (Romans 3:27, 28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8). The divine order is first salvation, then works (Ephesians 2:9, 10; Titus 3:5-8).” [3]

The Christ in whom we believe must be the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults. [4] His substitutionary death on our behalf was to pay the debt that we all owed to God (1 Peter 3:18). Because we’ve all sinned, we deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Once we’ve been saved/delivered from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1; 8:1), a new believer needs to start growing spiritually by the intake of the milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2), and then progress on to the meat (solid food) of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12). “But grow in [the sphere of] grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

We’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation if you don’t have it (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), and then start growing spiritually, so you can serve God and others effectively (Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20) while you’re here on earth. For additional help, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] See “Bible Basic Docs” #2, #3, #4 on our website. https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[2] Seven Dispensations – See our “Bible Study Book Marker” on our website.

[3] Salvation – Three Phases – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/salvation-it-comes-in-three-phases/ Also see – Scofield Study Bible note. Salvation – Romans 1:16.

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

If I Were The Devil

Posted: February 12, 2022 in Devil / Satan, Evagelism, Gospel, Heaven, Hell

The late Paul Harvey had an interesting broadcast entitled “If I Were The Devil.” [2] He suggested some of the things he’d do to ruin people’s lives and take them to hell with him. (Click on the link below to listen to his talk.)

Now, if I were the devil, I’d do my best to deceive people by trying to be like God and counterfeit the miracles He did (Exodus 7:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10). I, as Lucifer, once said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). I acted independently of God and wanted to be unaccountable to Him. I tempt people to act this way today and many people, including Christians, do this.

If I were the devil, I’d appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and use sophisticated, polished preachers and false teachers to twist the Scriptures to promote falsehoods and other plans for salvation (2 Peter 2:1 ff; 3:16). After all, I am the father of liars who will spend eternity with me in the lake of fire (John 8:44; See Revelation 21:8).

I, as the devil, know that there are ten major teachings (doctrines) in the Bible: The Bible, God, The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Church, Future Things. The one I’d attack the hardest is the doctrine of salvation – How a person can be delivered from hell to heaven. I’d do my best to get my ministers (2 Corinthians 11:15) and others to garble, confuse, and distort the Gospel for salvation by adding other conditions beside faith (believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel). This list might include doing good works, praying, confessing all your sins, promising God that you won’t sin anymore, being baptized, denying yourself and following Jesus, making Jesus the Lord and Master of your life as a condition for salvation, attending church, tithing, etc.

I’d try to convince people that Christ’s death on the cross wasn’t really necessary because no one is so bad that he/she needs someone else to die for him/her. Or I’d tell them that Christ’s death wasn’t quite sufficient and that they would need to do their part to earn their salvation by their good works.

If I were the devil, I’d vigorously attack this invitation for salvation because I know that this is how God says people, who have sinned, are saved from hell to heaven: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day. Trust Him alone, apart from any of your good works, and you will be saved eternally. Do it now!” (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; James 4:14).

My friend, if you’re not sure of your eternal destiny, or if you’re a Christian who needs additional help so you can present the Gospel more clearly to lost people, contact us here or at www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] The Devil https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/the-devil-fallacies-facts-2/

[2] Paul Harvey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKk_5XH1AEM&t=7s

Clear Gospel presentations:

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

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

Dr. R. Larry Moyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUe9ZgADBNQ

Dr. J. B. Hixon, video: “Getting The Gospel Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9gbZzo8QA