Righteousness

ALL religions out there preach (self) righteousness can be obtained by works of the law, whereas the Faith of Christ dispensed to the Apostle Paul, preaches God’s imputed righteousness through faith in Christ’s finished work on the Cross and His resurrection.

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” ~ Romans 10:3

How to submit to the righteousness of God:  Believe the gospel of Christ alone for one’s salvation.   (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

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Blasphemer, persecutor, injurious..

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:13-16

What denominationalists and religionists, who believe one’s good works gets one a ticket into heaven and into God’s good books need to ask themselves is:  Are we saved by our good works, which Paul clearly had none of, or are we saved by God’s mercy (grace) which Paul clearly was given …..and in light of this, if the 12 already had received what Paul had, why does he state, “… that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

First means first.  It doesn’t mean thirteen, nor does it mean second.

Words mean things.

© Audrey Henry – 28 August 2018

Enemies of the Cross

Things opposed to the gospel:

Israel:

As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” ~ Romans 11:28

How many denominations preach replacement theology today?  How many people out there still think that the current State of Israel is God’s chosen nation?  Yet, Israel was cast aside, she became God’s enemy for our sake. The casting away of Israel meant the reconciling of the world unto God with a new set of doctrine, which includes a new gospel which was revealed to Paul by the ascended Christ.

Water Baptism:

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:17

Baptismal regeneration/water baptism is in direct opposition to the gospel as it is a work. Water cannot save a person.  One is in no way ritually or symbolically cleansed by water as one has been washed by the blood of Christ if one believed the gospel of Christ.

The law:

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” ~ Galatians 2:21

It’s not about what one can do, it’s about what Christ has done. If one can save oneself by means of keeping the law, then one is one’s own saviour, thus one has no need for Christ and his payment for one’s sins.

These enemies of the Cross stand behind pulpits:

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:4

Any pulpits for that matter, not necessarily only denominational pulpits.  There are Saints for that matter, who preach another Jesus and another gospel…

Saints who depart from the Faith:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” ~ 1 Timothy 4:1

There are many – it is difficult to remain faithful to Pauline nomenclature as one being a Saint, has to endure suffering, and therefore most seek acceptance by reverting to Bible blending once again, as well as going off on various rabbit trails… of which there is an entire satanic smorgasbord to choose from.

Those who resist the Truth:

“Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:8

Those who deny Paul’s ministry…. Paul haters, Paul deniers…. also those who deny the exclusivity of Paul’s ministry, refute his gospel of saved by grace through faith plus nothing, and of course there are also the obvious ones like the Atheists, the followers of Mohammed, Buddha, Hare Krishna (to name but a few) who resist the word of truth outright.

It is truly tragic – infinitely sad, when people refuse to adhere to God’s instructions for mankind today, instructions which were given to the Apostle Paul. It’s no laughing matter when the devil blinds the eyes and minds of men…. including Saints.

“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” ~ Philippians 3:18-19

“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:5

© Audrey Henry – 22 August 2018.

 

 

 

SDA beliefs

Seventh Day Adventists

1. Believe in the “gift of prophecy” – proof-texts: Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12. Reality: 1 Corinthians 1:22 ~ For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

2. Add to the Bible, namely the written works of Ellen White.

3. Believe in soul sleep – when a person dies, he/she remains unconscious until resurrected.  The unrighteous are destroyed by fire (annihilated) and the righteous are taken to heaven.

4. The righteous do not spend eternity in heaven.

5. Believe the second coming of Christ is near, therefore believers must be ready at all times (endure to the end).

6. The righteous will be resurrected at Christ’s return and are then taken to heaven.  For the next 1000 years Satan and the fallen angels live on the earth, thereafter a second resurrection occurs and the devil and his minions are destroyed.  The righteous then return to a cleansed earth to establish the New Jerusalem.

It goes without saying that I am confused: who on earth (pun intended) still exists to take part in the second resurrection since the righteous go to heaven, the unrighteous are annihilated and only the devil and his minions are left remaining on the earth for 1000 years?

7. They hold to the belief that the body is the temple of God and should be cared for, and thus abstain from harmful substances like alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet.

8. Keep the Sabbath on a Saturday (preparation day being Friday).

Righteous by their own efforts – veganism, vegetarianism, no alcohol, no tobacco, keeping the sabbath on a Saturday and looking forward to Christ’s second coming are the works that get them the gift of eternal life, apart from this, the New Jerusalem does not come down from heaven, on the contrary and according to their beliefs, it is established by “the righteous”.

Note the terms ” righteous ” and “unrighteous” as opposed to “saved” and “lost”

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” ~ The Apostle Paul, Galatians 2:21.