XIV. How Have All Churches Failed
The GOD They Claim To Serve?
study will review and expand on the previous studies showing the grave dangers facing every Christian denomination from the
Roman Catholicism to the lowliest Protestant church. The Bible points the Christian to heed the words of
Christ, “but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matt.19:17. The dominant Christian churches do not honor
these words. But the Bible promises the blessing of a good understanding if we honor His word: “A
good understanding have all they that do his commandments.” Ps.111:10.
the Bible’s many promises and warnings, the world’s foremost religion seated in the Vatican of Rome has removed
any obligation to obey two of the Ten Commandments: the 2nd and the 4th. Rome
renounces their authority over every baptized Catholic the world over. In essence, the sole purpose of
Rome is to baptize all men into this sinful version of religious law. And most Protestant churches agree
with Rome in their sin against the 4th Commandment. In fact, the whole world is unanimous in its belligerence against
Commandment with the exception of Judaism and a few Protestant denominations. In this sin, Ruling-Christianity,
Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, the New Age, Masonry, Witchcraft, and Satan worship all stand as one. But
the Bible repeatedly affirms the obligation of all men to honor the Law that alone guarantees the safety of life—the
Law that Jesus Christ obeyed unto His death to redeem the human race from sin’s condemnation.
Had Jesus Christ disobeyed the 4th Commandment as the churches do today He would have failed to live “without sin” (Heb.4:15;
9:28); and thus, when Jesus died on the Cross, He would have remained in the grave and the human race would have been lost
forever: to be relinquished to everlasting death. Even those in heaven: Enoch, Moses, and Elijah would’ve
been forced to die. The Creator’s plan of redemption would have failed and Satan’s victory
would have been complete in overthrowing GOD’S sovereign authority on Earth. This is why the devil
tempted Christ so fiercely, even as He was dying on the Cross, taking away “the sin of the world.”
Christ’s perfect obedience is not a license for any willful disobedience. The Bible is absolutely
clear on the relationship between the Ten Commandments and our salvation: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev.22:14 (KJV
is what repentance is all about: to separate from the sins that destroy the soul. To remain in sin is to
perish with the sin, for Christ can have no place in the soul where sin rules the heart.
Outwardly, the churches boast of their obedience to the Word of GOD and His Holy Law, even publicly promoting the Ten
Commandments at the Supreme Court and in movies. But their version of GOD’S Law is a sinful corruption
and abbreviation of the true rendering that Christ gave to the human race in the permanence of stone on Mount Sinai (Jn.8:58).
Even the highly renowned movie, The Ten Commandments gave an incomplete, sinful rendering, arrogantly
deleting 86 of the 94 words from the 4th Commandment. Also, the very mercy of GOD shown repeatedly to Pharaoh wasn’t
given the slightest recognition. The original request given to Pharaoh was to allow the Hebrews to take
a “three days journey into the wilderness” (Ex.3:18; 5:3; 8:27); after which they’d return to serve Pharaoh. GOD’S
intention was not the permanent departure of the Hebrews from Egypt, nor the collapse of the Egyptian economy. GOD
desired that through the witness of the Hebrews to the Egyptian people their nation could be won to the good news of salvation.
Even the very first warning GOD gave Pharaoh of the death of the firstborn of Egypt was given no dialogue to uplift
the great mercy of GOD in forewarning Pharaoh. Nine plagues had passed with each one reminding him of GOD’S
first warning, proving to Pharaoh that GOD had the power to fulfill His Word. And only when Pharaoh had
continually refused to allow the Hebrew slaves to worship “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” did the tenth
and final plague come to pass, and all the firstborn of Egypt died, including Pharaoh’s.
GOD has sternly warned to never add or take away from His Word for it threatens the souls of men (Deut.4:2; Rev.22:18,19).
But this is precisely what the church has done, being evident by the bewildering number of Bible translations all united
to remove the authorized manuscripts used for the KJV while assuring of their fidelity to the Word of GOD. As
a result, what is readily seen is that today’s Christianity is a selfish pick-and-choose version of obedience,
arrogantly judging how men are to be saved vs. GOD’S Judgment to determine who is safe to receive eternal
life. To sabotage the Holy Spirit’s union with GOD’S Word is to deny salvation through
1. Is the church correct in teaching that after we die we
either go to heaven or to hell?
9:5,6,10 For the living know that they shall die: _____ _____ _______ _______ _____ _____________,
neither have they any more a reward; for _____ ___________ of them ____ ______________. [v.6] Also their love,
and their hatred, and their envy is _____ _____________; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing
that is done under the sun… [v.10] Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no ______,
nor ________, nor _______________, nor __________, in _____ __________, whither thou goest.
2. Can we trust these words
of Solomon, when he was an old
man at the end of his life's journey?
I Kings 3:9-12 [Solomon asked
of GOD] Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for
who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God
said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and has not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for
thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; [v.12] Behold
I have done according to thy words: lo, ___ ________ _________ ______ ___ _______ _____
____ ____________________ __________; so that ________ _____ ________ _______ _______
before thee, neither after thee shall _____ arise _______ _______ _______.
We will now expose
how the churches have been so arrogant as to declare their wisdom to exceed the only one among sinful
men to whom GOD said that none would ever surpass in wisdom or understanding. Ken Taylor,
the author of the popular paraphrase translation, the Living Bible, added this footnote below Solomon’s words: “These
words are Solomon’s discouraged opinion and do not reflect a knowledge of GOD’S truth on these points.”
Dakes Annotated Bible also declared the Wisdom of Solomon invalid, stating that the dead “have some
reward at death,” when Solomon said they “have no more a reward.” Dakes Bible says that the dead “continue
in a full state of consciousness,” when Solomon said that, “the dead know not anything.” These
so-called scholars in the church are calling Solomon a liar. Worse than that, they call GOD a liar
in His promise to Solomon and to us that we can trust the Bible’s counsel. Every church
leader hiding behind a mask of scholarship must then declare Paul’s words invalid when he said: “All scripture
is given by inspiration of God…” II Tim.3:16. Countless souls will be lost because the church denies this simple
truth on the Bible’s meaning of death.
Among the most important Bible lessons is to understand the means through which
man can live forever, for this issue has become the great stumbling block in the world’s religions today.
At the heart of the churches ignorance is their blindness to what GOD established “In the beginning.”
When Adam and Eve were created they were blessed with GOD’S provision for eternal life. GOD
ordained that only the fruit from “the tree of life” would provide man’s immortality. But when Adam and
Eve fell under the dominion of sin, GOD had to prevent their continued eating of the sacred fruit: “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and
evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD
God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out
the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life.” Gen.3:22-24.
This was the dawn of death in the Earth. Sin had taken dominion, and all life from then on became
terminally infected, and only Christ could restore life.
But today, planted in the New Jerusalem is “the tree of
life.” The redeemed will eat of it’s fruit and thus restore man’s immortality as Jesus
promised: “He that hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of
life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev.2:7. Through the fruit of this tree alone will man share
the Immortal Life of GOD as the Apostle Paul proclaimed: “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius
Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our
Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of
lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor
can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”
Every major religion of the world, including Christianity proclaims that man is naturally immortal.
This belief is flawed at its very core, and as a result has opened the door for all manner of mystical philosophy to
take hold in man’s vain imagination: everything from reincarnation and pantheism to Satan worship. Virtually
every mainstream Christian denomination teaches that an immortal life in the torments of hellfire awaits every soul who rejects
“the love of God” (Jude 21). Many visions have been given by the devil to Bible illiterate
Catholics and Protestants alike showing screaming people being tormented in hellfire. The Bible rebukes
this spiritual blackmail and character assassination of Jesus Christ as it is written: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them
in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering
the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 7.
It should be observed that Sodom and Gomorrha are not burning today. The fire went out after it purged the land from sinful men.
And so it will be in the Great Judgment and the lake of fire cleansing of the Earth as the Apostle Peter clarified:
“But the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition
[total destruction] of ungodly men.” II Pet.3:7.
The fire goes out! Jesus will then say, “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev.21:5).
The saints will witness His recreation of the Earth as it was written in Genesis chapter one. Therefore,
it is the punishment that is eternal, forever, and everlasting, not the punishing. The
very core of man’s slander of GOD’S love and truth lies in the church denying the lessons of the most basic parameters
of GOD’S salvation through Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, the Bible identifies the source of man’s immortality and its
location today in heaven as it is written of the New Jerusalem: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was
there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations…Blessed
are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and
may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Rev.22:2,14. So, when Paul speaks of how “this mortal must put on immortality” (I Cor.15:54)
he refers only to the saints not the wicked. “The tree of life”=eternal life.
there other Bible writers, who verify the words of
Solomon on the unconscious state of the dead?
Job 14:12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: _____ _____ __________
____ ____ _______, _______ ______ _____ _________ nor be raised out of their sleep.
Psalms 6:5 For ____ ________ ________
____ ____ ______________ ____ ______:
in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
115:17 _____ _______ ___________ _____ _____ ________, neither any that go down into _____________.
Psalms 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day _____
4. Does the New Testament concur with the writers of the
Acts 2:34 For ________
____ _____ _______________ ______ _____ _____________.
The very first
doctrine of Christ that the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Peter to preach on the day of Pentecost stated clearly that death
is an unconscious state just like sleep: “David…is both dead and buried” (v.29). The church today
has no power to wake up the world from its stupor of complacency simply because they don’t believe they are going
to die; or if they do, there is no GOD to restore life.
The very first lie spoken on earth was when Satan told our Premier Mother Eve: “Ye shall not surely die.” Gen.3:4. The
devil’s lie is actually promoted as a true statement by the ruling churches and religions of
the world! They all teach, “Ye shall not surely die.” But the very first sin was committed
on Earth when Eve believed she wouldn’t die! She then ate the fruit GOD warned would kill her. The devil’s
fist deception is still leading people to sin today. If men truly gave thought to the reality of death,
multitudes more would be saved.
By the Churches
promoting the so-called “natural immortality” of the soul they deny the greatest promise of Christ: “the power of His resurrection” (Phil.3:10). They have literally removed the key doctrine
of Christ’s deliverance: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jn.3:16 The word, “perish” does not mean eternal
life in hellfire, but this is the sadistic meaning of that word that the church takes to the world.
a result, today’s Christianity has gutted the most potent prophecy for the redeemed: “O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?” I Cor.15:55. By promoting the lie of “natural immortality” the church
has no power to wake up the world from its complacent attitudes. With the pinnacle doctrine of GOD’S salvation
universally removed by the religions of earth, including Christianity, the church has had to come up with another reason to
serve GOD: using the fear of eternal suffering in the fires of hell as the means to fill the pews. “I don’t want
to go to hell” is the only reason most people go to church. It is the fear of punishment and hope of reward, not because of Christ’s
great love in bearing the punishment “for the sins of the whole world:” a punishment called “the second
death:” a death He was willing to die alone to keep His children from having to face (I Jn.2:2; Rev.20:6).
5. What verse of Scripture does today’s Christianity teach
to supports their belief in the sustained consciousness
II Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing
rather to be _________ from the body and to be ___________ with the LORD.
In that passage of II Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul is expounding his fervent impatience to be free of “the body of
this death” (Rom.7:24) and receive the glorified body to be given him at Christ's 2nd Advent. Paul
wrote that it is Christ “who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body”
(Phil.3:21). But Paul’s intended lesson has been overruled and replaced with a pagan doctrine that has no sanction
from Scripture, thereby making Paul contradict other Bible writers as well as contradicting his own words in I Corinthians
15:22,23: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive [meaning: they are not alive now].
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming.”
insult against “the power of his resurrection” has been imposed: men teaching that after death the believer in
Christ retains their full awareness with sight, hearing and touch, and immediately goes to heaven, using terms like “dream
sleep.” But the Bible teaches that the only ones in heaven today are Enoch, Moses, Elijah, and those
resurrected with Jesus. With the exception of those men, none from the human race are in heaven today; nor will life
be restored to them until Jesus Christ's 2nd Advent. That’s what “the power of His resurrection”
is all about: to raise the righteous dead back to life! Enoch and Elijah, who were translated from the living (Gen.5:24;
II Ki.2:11); Moses, who was resurrected immediately after his death (Deut. 34:5; Jude 9); and those resurrected with Jesus
Christ at His resurrection (Matt. 27:52,53) are the assurances that Christ will come again to raise the dead, translate the
living, and carry the faithful from every generation home to His “Father’s house” in heaven (Jn.14:2) to
spend a thousand years reviewing the history of Earth, answering every question of how, in heavenly love, GOD dealt with the
sin problem (I Cor.6:2,3; Rev.20:4). Apart from those holy men cited above, all others, from Adam to the last man remain
unconscious in the grave until Christ returns as it is written: “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every
one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built
his house on the sand,” “and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.” Matt.7:26; Deut.32:15. Throughout
his ignominious rule, the pope has declared, “The Church is above the Bible.”—The Catholic Record, September 1, 1923. They use the
Bible as a lure, but then they betray its words, binding the Catholic congregations to the shackles of sin and bondage. This
includes the idolized Virgin Mary and the dead saints that Catholic priests teach are alive today and intercede for those
faithful to the Catholic Church. But the Bible teaches that only One is fit to be our “Intercessor” and
“high priest,” for “there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Tim.2:5).
The Holy Bible repeatedly prophesied that the church of Rome will never obey (Dan.7:25; 12:1; Rev.ch.13-18). While claiming
obedience to GOD these religious leaders, in their outward show of reverence, in their decorative robes of illusionary righteousness,
defy and deny the very Law of GOD: the only Law where we are safe in one another’s care: the only Law where utopian
life may be found: the Law that will be honored forever in the “new earth” including
the “seventh day” Sabbath (Isa.66:22,23). “All
His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever.” Ps.111:7,8. The many rituals and
luxurious furnishings in the church are no indicator of righteousness in the eyes of our true “Holy Father”
and His Son, Jesus Christ (Jn.17:11). Even the priests at the confessional: selling indulgences and commanding
the penance of: “Ten Our Fathers;” “Twenty Hail Marys,” etc. for the forgiveness of sin: they will
never hear the words of our LORD & KING: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be ye not therefore like them.” Matt.6:7,8.
Jesus and His Apostles warned that
“false apostles” from every church denomination will stand condemned before Him in the Great Judgment day (II
Cor.11:13-15). And yet, these are men and women who have assured everyone of their fidelity to Christ, claiming to be
His loyal subjects. Nevertheless, standing before “the Saviour” these disobedient ministers, leaders, teachers
and theologians will declare: “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?” And Jesus will respond to the “many” false
shepherds, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matt.7:22,23. The issue lies
in the fact that Christ was not their Indwelling Companion in their “many wonderful works.” They had some
cherished sin in their lives, thus grieving away the Presence of Jesus from their souls (Isa.59:2; Mk.3:28,29; Eph.4:30).
Their mingling of good works in the midst of living a sinful life demanded that GOD obey their gospel: a gospel allowing
a life of sin. Thus, they demanded Christ to give them eternal life, as if Christ’s Word is unqualified
to judge who is worthy of “everlasting life” (Lu.19:14). We must be wise to understand the
Bible’s boundaries of salvation! Jesus plainly said what will judge every man: “the word that I have spoken,
the same shall judge him in the last day.” Jn.12:48. His Word is the “Received Text”
manuscripts used for the KJV Bible through the 3rd century scholar, Lucian of Antioch who edited the Apostle’s
original Greek manuscripts and were restored to western Europe through the Dutch scholar, Erasmus.
But the grand
deception leading the churches to ignore the Bible and the dangers of sin is the devil’s use of miracles outside of
Bible guidelines. Again, we ask the question, “Do miracles occur to foster rebellion against the Word of GOD?”
Ten thousand miracles of the devil’s impersonation of the Virgin Mary have been recorded; even giving visions to Bible
illiterate souls from the pope on down to little Catholic girls who stood outside of GOD’S jurisdiction to protect them
from Satan who uses fear and cruelty to corrupt people’s view of Jesus Christ. Volumes have been written on the
supernatural forces influencing people’s lives. And the Bible repeatedly exposes Satan’s use of miracles
to lead entire nations into sin, and thus, to temporal and spiritual ruin; even those nations with a heritage of GOD’S
personal leading including England, Germany and America.
GOD has provided every guideline to help us discern the boundaries between the true and false demonstrations of the miraculous.
The sole source for the perfection of our faith is the Holy Bible as it is written, “faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the Word of GOD.” “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Rom.10:17; II Tim.3:16,17. And the
promise of GOD to those who stand loyal and sincere to His Word—“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read:
no one of these shall fail.” Isa.34:16.
6. What about "life-after-death
experiences" that are
so popular in both the church and the news media?
Matthew 24:24 For there shall
arise false Christ's, and ________ __________, and shall shew ________ ________ _____ ____________;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall ____________ _____ _______ __________.
Revelation 16:14 For they are _____ _________
____ _________, ___________ ____________, which go forth unto the kings of the
earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
that implies a continued consciousness after death is a ploy of the devil to deceive people into believing that the church
of Rome and nominal Protestantism are GOD’S true ministers, even while they live in open sin and evangelize others to
share in their sins. The many testimonies, ranging from men who descended down a long, dark and fearful
corridor, to others who describe ascending to a warm light, or those who received an angel’s escort to heaven, only
to be told they must return, these “visions” stand under the jurisdiction of “the prince of this world”
and have no sanction from Scripture that these miracles are from GOD. The law of true Bible doctrine is
that it must be continuously reliable no less than man relies on his knowledge of the laws of physics to determine the engineering
boundaries for safe technology.
7. Are the church members ready to discard Scripture at the
sign of anything miraculous?
Acts 8:9-11 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery,
and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: [v.10] To whom they all gave heed, from _____
_________ to _____ ____________ saying, This man is _____ ___________ ___________ ____ ______.
And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [v.9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan _______
_____ __________ and ______ and ________ ___________, [v.10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because _______ ____________ _____ the love of the truth that they might be saved. [v.11] And
for this cause GOD shall send them __________ _______________, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be
damned who _____________ _____ _____ __________ but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
they received not the love of the truth” lies at the very heart of all apostasy against GOD. But all who love
“his truth” will He guide, teach, and save as he promised (Ps.57:3).
What will keep me from being swept away with
prevailing tide of disobedience to the Gospel of Jesus
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here
are they that _______ _____ ___________________ ____ ______, and the _________ ____ __________.
Revelation 22:14 ___________ are they that ____ ______ _____________________,
that they may have right to the tree of life, and ______ _________ ____ through the gates into the city.
Please note: Modern translations have removed from the Apostle’s manuscripts the words of Jesus Christ blessing those
who obey the Ten Commandment Law. The New International Version Bible says it this way, “Blessed are those who
wash their robes…” While the NIV translators boast in their Preface of using the “best manuscripts,”
they have arrogantly removed precious words of Jesus Christ from the Holy Bible. One of many verses they removed: “For
the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.” Lu.9:56. Even
the closing words of the LORD’S Prayer were deemed unfit to be included in their bible: “For Thine is
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matt.6:13.
Bible affirms that only those Christians who give the invitation for GOD’S Presence to come into their hearts and live
out the righteousness of His Holy Law through them, these give honor to the sacrifice of Jesus. Only in them does the Holy Spirit dwell (Rom.8:11). And yet, most Christian leaders do not teach this most
basic doctrine of salvation. Their false gospel removes the age-old call of GOD to every man: “Repent!”
Even when Christ began His public ministry His first command was the same call as John the Baptist’s:
“Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mk.1:15). Scripture has warned every minister of the Gospel
that any determination to remain in sin “they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an
open shame.” Heb.6:6. Christ and holy angels are mocked by Satan and demons when men disobey (Ps.35:17-26).
Romans 2:13 For _____ _____ ____________ of the law are just before GOD, but _____ _________
of the law shall be justified.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore _____ _____ ____ ________, and the
__________________ ________, and ________, and ________.
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and
shall teach men so, he shall be called _____ __________ [Greek text: insignificant, unworthy]
in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called __________ in the kingdom of heaven.
There is only one issue in the great controversy between
Christ and Satan: the legitimacy of the Ten Commandments as the standard of life’s perpetuation, wellbeing and joy.
And there is only one verse needed to verify the threat facing every professing Christian in this world: "And the dragon
[Satan] was wroth with the woman [the church of Christ (Jer.6:2)], and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of GOD, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17. This
one verse sums up Satan’s work against the human race by his misleading the rulers of men to force all men to violate
the same Law that condemns him.
While the Bible
declares that mankind is no longer “under the law” but “under grace,” today’s religious leaders
ill-define the manner in which “the law” was done away. The Apostle Paul taught a different Gospel than
the one preached today. He taught that to be “under the law” referred to the inheritance of
condemnation that we all received from our Premier Father, Adam, when he sinned. Paul verified this when he said: “God
sent forth his Son, made of woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law.” Gal.4:4,5.
Jesus was born under the same inherited condemnation of death as every man receives. Therefore,
the whole human race, through the victory of “God in Christ,” has received a new inheritance. The inborn
death sentence we all inherited (without our consent) has been removed! This gives Christ the legal right
to raise the whole human race from the grave, to stand in either one of two camps: “the righteous” or “the
wicked” (I Cor.15:22). The sinless history of Jesus Christ is now the new inheritance of man because
the Bible calls Him “the last Adam.” Through Christ all men are now “under grace.”
This new inheritance is verified by the words: “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputed not iniquity,”
“that righteousness might be imputed unto them,” “especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Ps.32:2; Rom.4:11; Gal.6:10.
Christ’s words perfectly reinforce the foundational doctrine of His Gospel: “Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Jn.5:24. This deliverance from sin’s condemnation was
the original message the Apostles took to the world. This is the message that “turned the world upside down!”
Acts 17:6. To believe our Father opened the way for us to receive the very Presence of Jesus through our simple invitation
for Him to come and lead our lives, even to everlasting life is nothing short of “the mystery of godliness” (I
of God unto salvation” (Rom.1:16) also addresses the second dilemma we face: how we still need deliverance from our
sinful nature. That’s where freewill becomes paramount: to believe what has been provided through
Jesus Christ, Whose union with the power of the Holy Ghost will keep us from being sinning sinners, as we give Him
permission every day. This is why Paul said, “I die daily”
(I Cor.15:31). Through Christ, we can abstain
from sin (Phil.4:13).
It was our total incapability to live a righteous life apart from GOD that called for His Divine rescue.
Man cannot, in and of his own strength obey the Sacred Law without “the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Tit.3:5; Rom.8:7). So, Jesus, after ascending to Heaven, returned to the Earth
as He promised (Jn.14:18), united with the Omnipresent Power of the Holy Ghost; and with waiting heart He aspires to hear
the invitation of every man on Earth for Him to come and take up residence in our minds and hearts. This is the “new
covenant” (Heb.12:24). And through His sanctifying power, step-by-step, lesson-by-lesson, victory-by-victory
the saints are restored into the fullness of His Image as it is written, “Being confident of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil.1:6. And to reflect the Image of His Perfect Character should be our
continual prayer! For in Him alone lay the supreme wisdom, peace and joy that GOD gave to man, “In the beginning.”
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth.” “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man,”
“for vain is the help of man.”
Jn.14:27; Ps.118:8; Ps.60:11.