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Revealing That We Are To PROVE All Things!
"PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21 KJV).
It is amazing to realize just how careful most people are when buying a home, for instance, as opposed to investigating and deciding which church to join. The house may just fit their need for a number of years. But being involved with the True Christian Religion of God has to do with where they will spend ALL ETERNITY.
So where did you get your religion? How did you come to believe the things that you believe? Did you find your religious concepts in the Bible? Or did you get your religious ideas from family, friends, or other religionists?
Frankly, most of you did NOT get your religion out of the Bible. it may hurt to have to admit that. But it can easily be PROVED in the vast majority of cases.
It is very difficult for most people to admit they have been WRONG. Human pride just doesn't want to do that. Yet, according to the inspired Word of God, that is the beginning point of True Christianity When Jesus Christ began His ministry, He told His listeners over and over, "REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). And the Gospel of Mark tells us: "Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. REPENT, and believe in the gospel"' (Mark 1:14-15). Again, Jesus later said, "I tell you, no; but unless you REPENT you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).
The word "repent" means to CHANGE. Yet, again, most people are NOT WILLING to admit they have been wrong and they certainly don't want to change! As Sir Winston Churchill said, speaking before the House of Commons: "Men occasionally stumble over the Truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
Yet, if your eternal life, is at stake, you would be very wise to consider whether you-however sincerely-have grown up in the wrong religion!
Am I indicting that "Christianity" is the "wrong religion"? Of course not! But I want to make you aware of the FACT that there is both False Christianity and True Christianity. Many do not realize that. But the Bible itself makes it abundantly clear that the false form of Christianity would pre-dominate until Christ's Second Coming. The beloved Apostle John described this very time in which we are living: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who DECEIVES the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9).
Satan the Devil has palmed off on this deceived world - a FALSE CHRISTIANITY - a cunningly devised COUNTERFEIT of the real thing!
The highly regarded modern philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, in his book, Attack Upon Christendom, wrote: "The Christianity of the New Testament simply does not exist. Millions of people through the centuries have little by little cheated God out of His True Christianity, and have succeeded in making a Counterfeit Christianity, a Christianity exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament."
So each of us needs to PROVE what we believe by really studying the Bible. We need to absorb out of the Bible what it says rather than reading our own preconceived ideas or the ideas of others into the Bible.
Think for a moment. WHY is professing Christianity divided into more than 400 competing denominations and sects? WHY do churches calling themselves Christian have so many differing beliefs and practices? Could it be that God is the author of CONFUSION? Or might there be another explanation?
Consider the warning Christ Himself gave-. "For many shall come in my name, saying [that] I am Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:5, KJV). Jesus did not say here that only some few would come in His name, but rather that "many shall come" - A Great Multitude - A Large Majority! They come as professing "Christian" preachers, proclaiming Jesus as the Christ-yet DECEIVING MANY! In other words, there was to be a mass deception based on the false teachings of the many who would claim to come "in Jesus' name."
Frankly, it is easy for false religious leaders and teachers to deceptively use JESUS' name as a cloak for their personal doctrine, whether or not what they say has any relationship at all to the real Jesus' life or teachings! That is why the Apostle Paul tells us: "PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21 KJV). Each one of us is responsible to "check up" on the doctrines we are taught-whatever the source. Don't make careless assumptions! Be sure you know what the Bible really says!
Paul further admonishes: "For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted; you may well put up with it!" (2 Corinthians 11:4). In other words, Paul feared that some of the Church members of his day would fall prey to "COUNTERFEIT" ministers and would come to accept and preach a Counterfeit, false gospel about a false Christ and a false, or different spirit!
What about you? Is it possible that you have put up with "another Jesus"? Might you have been deceived into believing in a false portrayal of Christ-along with a false message merely purported to have come from the true Jesus? How can we KNOW what's true and what isn't?
Again, we need to truly STUDY the Bible to attain genuine understanding. We need to be willing to open-mindedly consider if we have been following the "traditions of men" rather than The Commandments and The One True Gospel of God (Matthew 15:3).
As we study the Bible, we need to learn to let the Bible interpret the Bible. In other words, if something seems unclear, then we should let the plain, clear verses help us understand those that are not clear. We need to learn also to study the Bible straight through like we would any other book. Many people simply skip around here and there and read sentimental verses of encouragement and Completely DISREGARD the rest of what the Bible has to say. While this may help at times, it does NOT give genuine understanding of the whole plan and purpose of God which He reveals in His instruction manual for mankind-the Holy Bible.
Begin by studying the Gospel of Matthew the first book of the New Testament. Read right through Matthew slowly, marking what you feel are the important verses. Then, next day, review these verses you have studied and read slowly meditating and marking-a few more chapters. In this way, you will become familiar with what the Bible actually says-NOT what misguided men may tell you that it says!
In fervent personal prayer, ask God for UNDERSTANDING. Be willing to follow the True Christianity of Christ, no matter what the cost. Always remember the Apostle Paul's vital statement-. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live- yet not I, but Christ LIVETH in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
Through the promised True Holy Spirit, will Christ live the SAME kind of life in you that He did live over 1,900 years ago in the human flesh? Hebrews 13:8 tells us: "Jesus Christ is the SAME yesterday, today, and forever." Did Christ keep the Ten Commandments while He was in the human flesh? John 15:10 tells us, "I have KEPT my Father's commandments."
If you need help in studying the Bible, You can Study The Bible and Bible Prophecy, on-line at the Bible Study section of our Ministry Web Site These thorough Bible studies will not lead you through a lot of emotion and sentiment.
Rather, it will help you genuinely understand the great PLAN of our Creator for all mankind. it will help you PROVE from your own Bible what you should do to fulfill your part in God's Plan. If you wish to contact us, the address, phone number and E-Mail Address of our office are on our Ministries web -site contact page.
As the end of this age approaches, may God help you genuinely "Study" His inspired Word and PROVE what you believe from the Bible. Then, you will be on a solid foundation. And you will come to genuinely know the True God-The True and Genuine Holy Spirit and the resurrected True Jesus Christ who sits at God's right hand-in a way you have never experienced before.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ( ll Timothy 2:15)
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!