Christians will not be saved because they don't do what Jesus requires for salvation.
Are You Fit for the Kingdom of God?
Before you even get started, I will warn you that much of what I write is not in complete agreement with the teachings of today's Christian Church - but all I write is in complete agreement with Jesus' words. So before you call me a heretic, you have to decide; is a heretic one who strays from the church's teachings, or is a heretic one who strays from Jesus' teachings? And, no, they are not 'one and the same', the church does not adhere to Jesus' teachings, follow along and I will explain.
Let me start out by saying, I have no problem with Christians. Some of the nicest people I know are Christians and Christians do a lot to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, caring for the widows and orphans and charity works of all kinds. To them I say, 'great job'. My problem with Christianity is its failure to follow Jesus' instructions on how to be saved.
Oh, Christians carry the name of Christ, and say they believe in Jesus, but do they follow his teachings, or do they obey him? Surprisingly the answer is a resounding "No!". It's really quite ironic that Christians claim Jesus is God but don't obey him. Jesus said the way to eternal life is to keep his words (Matthew 7:24-27, John 8:51, John 6:63, 6:66, 14:23-24, Revelation 12:17). Yet, Christians don't keep his words. For example, in Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus told us to keep the Old Testament 'law and the prophets until heaven and earth pass away'...what 'Christian' keeps the 'law and prophets'? In Matthew 4:10, John 4:22-23, John 17:3, Mark 12:28-29 Jesus said Yahoveh was the only true God and we must worship Him alone. And Paul agreed with that (1Corthians 8:6 and Ephesians 4:6). But what Christian worships Yahoveh God, Our Father, alone? When Jesus taught us to pray, it was to Our Father (Yahoveh) only in Matthew 6 and other verses. What Christian prays to Yahoveh alone? Jesus told us to go to God Our Father for forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15, Mark 11:25-26, Luke 23:24), but most Christians trust Jesus, and his blood, for their forgiveness. Jesus said we must keep all of God's laws, and which includes not eating shrimp, ham and bacon. How many Christian still eat bacon and ham? Jesus said in Revelation 22:14 it's those who 'do the Commandments of God' who will enter the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life, But the 'Christian' church sets Jesus' clear instructions aside and gleam a lawless theology from Paul's letters which tells them they don't have to keep the Commandments of God because Jesus died on the cross, so 'we are not under the law'. And the Christian church, practicing this lawless theology, will even serve Easter Sunday Ham dinner, rejecting God's Sabbath commandment, rejecting God's dietary restrictions and keeping the Pagan fertility feast of Easter instead of God's chosen Passover feast which He told us to keep for all generations.
And I know most Christians will point to John 3:16 and say 'all I have to do is believe'. But in taking that verse out of context they are ignoring what Jesus meant by 'believe' and they are also ignoring Jesus' many instructions to keep the Commandments of God. John 3:16 doesn't give us license to disobey God, spurn God's authority, despise His word and reject His direct commands - that would make us lawless, and to those who are 'lawless' and Jesus said,"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:41-42. (See below for a more thorough explanation of why 'believe' in John 3:16 must include obedience to his teachings).
Jesus repeatedly told us to keep the commandments of God (Matthew 5:17-20, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:18, Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14). And he told us the lawless will face hell fire (Matthew 7:23, 13:42-50, 22:12-14, Luke 12:27-29). Jesus gave us dozens of calls to repent, which means to stop breaking God's law and start keeping it, or resubmitting to God as your supreme authority.
Some Christians will make an attempt to keeps some of God's laws, perhaps some of the Ten Commandments, but they don't attempt to keep the Old Testament 'law and the prophets' as Jesus commanded. The 'law and prophets' would include all of God's commands. So those who will not keep the 'law and the prophets', as Jesus commanded are then in rebellion against Jesus' instructions, and God's authority, they are despising God's word (Numbers 15:31) by rejecting even some of His commands. Even if we only reject one of His laws we are in rebellion against God's authority. And I know 'Christians' don't feel antagonistic towards God, and don't consider themselves to be a rebels, and they may even say they love God and they may be sweet kind people who go to church often, but that's not how God sees it. God says if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). "This is the love of God that keep His commandments.."(1John 5:3). If we don't submit to God's supreme authority by keeping His commandments and Jesus' instructions, we are lawless rebels - whether we know it or not. Obedience is the only proof we can give God that we love Him and are one of His. Which commandments must we keep? See below.
Exodus 20:6 and John 14:21-24 tells us that God loves those who love Him and keeps His commandments. It's those whom God loves that He will give 'saving grace', and they will be in His Kingdom. If you don't think you need to keep God's commandments to get to heaven, then you are saying God will allow commandment breaking rebels, who despises His word, ignore His commands, and spurns His authority into His Kingdom. I don't care what our churches tells us, because Jesus said that we would be judged according to his words (John 12:48) and he told us to keep all the commandments of God for eternal life. In Exodus 20:6, we read 'God loves those who love Him and keep His commandments'. In contrast to that, in Exodus 20:5 tells us that as far as God is concerned, the 'workers of iniquity' who do not keep His commandments (the lawless presumptuous sinners) "hate" Him.
Christians reject Jesus' command to keep the Old Testament Law and Prophets (Matthew 5:17-20, and to Worship Yahoveh alone (Matthew 4:10, Mark 12:29).
Even though I have a problem with Christianity, I don't have a problem with Jesus. I actually hold Jesus in higher esteem than those who claim to be Christians but don't obey him. The greatest form of honor and respect we can give Jesus is to obey him - to not obey him is a great disrespect to him and God.
And about now I suspect that many readers are saying, if what I just read is true, then I'm not saved. If that's you, don't reject what I wrote, but study Jesus' words to see if it's true. Jesus said only a few would seek and find the way to be saved.
What type of sinner are you?
Now it's important for you to know that there are two types of sinners. Yes, we are all sinners, but the Scriptures define two types of sinners, one type will be condemned and the other type will be saved. The two types are 'presumptuous sinners' (Numbers 15:30-31) and 'unintentional sinners' (Numbers 15:27-28). Presumptuous sinners are also known as the 'lawless', 'wicked'. 'workers of iniquity', 'unrighteous' and 'intentional' sinners. Presumptuous sinners know God's law, but because the reject some or all of God's law(s), they are what the Bible calls 'lawless', they sin 'without the law'. Since they reject God's law(s), they don't see it as a sin to violate the laws which they have rejected, and so they will never feel guilt and repent. They break God's laws because they wrongly presume that they are not under God's laws, and they wrongly presume that there will be no consequences for the breaking of the law(s) which they have rejected, so they will not experience godly sorrow, never feel guilt or repent. As Satan told Eve, 'go ahead and break God's law, and "surely you will not die".' Unless presumptuous sinners learn the truth about the need to keep God's law, and repent they will die in their unrepentant sinful condition and be lost - even though they see themselves as good Christians following their church's teachings - and they may be very nice people, keeping most of God's laws, receiving church sacraments, and outwardly they may appear as saints. But when they reject even one law, they are saying 'no' to God and in rebellion and they will not be allowed into God's kingdom.
If you keep all civil laws but one, and often break that one (say murder, vandalism, or bank robbery, or tax evasion), as far as the authorities are concerned you are a rebellious lawbreaker. The fact that you kept all the other laws perfectly doesn't help. You are a law rejecting, law breaking, rebel at heart, and will be treated that way. The same is true of God's law. To reject just one law shows you to be a rebel against God's authority.
And no, Jesus' death and atoning blood won't help a presumptuous sinner because they will not repent. The Scriptures clearly tell us that there is no atoning sacrifices for those who will not repent. They need to be converted, Psalm 51:13, "Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You." Or as Jesus said they are the 'sick' who need a 'physician'.
The other type of sinner is 'unintentional', 'in error', 'inadvertently', 'in ignorance' or 'failed'. (Different translations use different names). These people do submit to God's authority and attempt to keep God's laws, all of them. They do however stumble into sin when overcome by temptation, out of ignorance, or in a moment of spiritual weakness. They however, realize they did wrong and with guilt and godly sorrow they remorse and repent. The Scriptures tells us when we truly repent, that our sins are blotted out, atoned for, pardoned, forgotten and forgiven. These 'unintentional sinners', because of their repentance, are saved, white as snow, and they are even called 'righteous'. (Proverbs 24:16) .
Jesus came to call the 'unrighteous' (presumptuous sinners), who were 'in their sin', to repentance so that they may be among the 'righteous' (unintentional sinners) who are 'saved from their sins' through repentance. (Matthew 1:21, Matthew 9:13, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:32)
Our salvation all hinges on repentance. Through repentance the unrighteous turns into the righteous, our sins are blotted out, we are pardoned, forgiven, justified, our sins are forgotten, they are cast into the depth of the sea, and we are made white as snow and justified before God. We better understand what true repentance is - there is no salvation for us sinners without it - it is a clear display of God's saving grace. It is the only means of saving grace for sinners, which we are.
Repentance - The Key to Receiving Saving Grace
According to the Scriptures, 'sin' is the breaking of God's law (1John 3:4). Repentance literally means to 'turn around' and go the other way. So to repent of sin, has to be to stop breaking God's law, and start keeping God's law.
We as Christians have been deceived, and told that we don't need to keep God's law because of Jesus. But this is blatantly false, Jesus himself tells us to keep God's Old Testament 'law and prophets'. So when we come to that knowledge of truth, we need to repent of our failures, acknowledge our sins to God, and submit ourselves to God's supreme authority, and start keeping God's laws.
If we have sinned by not keeping God's Sabbath day holy, then we repent by humbly asking God for forgiveness and start keeping God's Sabbath holy. If we have sinned by eating pig, and shell fish, then we repent by humbly asking God for forgiveness and start keeping God's dietary laws.
It's because of the love of God, fear the of Judgment, and the hope for a resurrection, we will commit ourselves to keeping His laws. And then when we sin, guilt, godly sorrow, and remorse will move us to repent - and when we truly repent we will make every effort to stop breaking that law. That is true repentance. The Publican in Luke 18 beat his breast and said 'God be merciful to me a sinner'. Because of that humble repentance, Jesus said that he went home justified - just as if he never sinned (talk about saving grace!).
Repentance will turn a rebellious sinner into a righteous law keeper, and save his soul. Mark 2:17, "When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Yet repentance is more that just mechanically stopping a particular sin by keeping a particular law. Repentance has to do with a moving from an attitude of rebellion or indifference towards God's authority to an attitude of submission to God's authority as supreme. Repentance is recommitting our wills to do God's will, it's resubmitting ourselves to God's authority, as our supreme authority. To repent is to stop being lawless.
The lawless are not just sinners, we are all sinners. The 'lawless' are those who sin 'without the law', it is those who sin because they reject one or more of God's laws and decide they don't have to keep them. That makes them presumptuous sinners, presuming that they don't have to keep God's law(s), presuming that they will not suffer the consequences for breaking God's law(s) and therefore they presume there is no need to repent. They are also called 'wicked', 'lawless', 'workers of iniquity' and 'unrighteous'. The church creates lawless people when they are told that they don't have to keep God's law - they are told, 'you are free from the law', 'it was the Old Covenant', 'it's nailed to the cross', it was only our tutor until we come to faith in Jesus,..and 'Jesus died for your sins', so your sins are automatically forgiven - if you believe it - 'and surely you will not die'. The people are told that they don't have to keep Sabbath, they can eat pig, they can even commit adultery because they are saved by grace apart from the law, through simple confession for faith. Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." That teaching will cause people to sin and break God's law with no guilt, and therefore no repentance is possible. Those are the 'sick' that Jesus came to call to 'repentance'. But the church sets Jesus' message aside and teaches a lawless message that they gleam from Paul's writings. They wrongly teach that obedience to God's law and grace are mutually exclusive. They go so far as telling people that if they try to keep God's law they are rejecting God's grace - but that's just the opposite of what Scriptures tell us. We are saved by grace through an obedient faith as we read in Exodus 20:6, "but showing mercy (or lovingkindness) to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." God gives His saving grace to those whom He loves, and He loves those who love Him and keep His commandments (Only an obedient faith receives God's saving grace). Also see John 14:23-24, Hebrews 5:9.
Saved by Grace?
Who is saved by grace? All who are saved are saved by grace, the real question is, who gets that saving grace? And what is saving grace?
Saving grace is God's love, mercy, compassion, and favor that God gives at judgment time to certain people. Who gets that saving grace? God gives saving grace to those whom He loves. Whom does God love? The Scriptures only give one formula to merits God's love. Exodus 20:6 and John 14:21,23 tell us that God loves (or shows mercy) those who love Him and keeps His commandments and repent when they fail. Keeping God's commandments is also evidence of true saving faith, i.e., grace by faith. Keeping God's commandments is also evidence of our love for God (John 14:15) our loyalty, belief, commitment, reverence, and fearful respect. And that makes our obedience and act of worship.
It's those who keep God's commandments who are the ones who will receive God's saving grace on Judgment Day. The only other group of people are presumptuous sinners who spurn God's authority, reject Jesus' instructions. They know His laws but don't keep them, they despise God's word by violating His direct commandments and refuse to repent. They will certainly not receive God's saving grace - God won't want them in His Kingdom. Exodus 20:5 says that the workers of iniquity (presumptuous sinner) 'hate' God and Hebrews 10:26-28 says that the Presumptuous sinner who sin while knowing the law can have an "expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation".
God's Final Instructions
The last command God gave us, by Jesus' lips, was "Blessed are those who do God's commandments that they may have the right to the Tree of Life (eternal life) and that they may enter the gates into the city (New Jerusalem)." (Revelation 22:14) The 'Gates' of a city is where judgment happened (Deuteronomy 21:19, Joshua 20:4 Ruth 4:11), if we pass judgment we will be allowed into the city, if we fail judgment we are expelled from the city, in this case taken outside the city and stoned with fire and brimstone (Revelation 14,9-10, 21:8). So God's 'final instruction' is very significant. That was God's way of saying, this is the bottom line, this is key, this is paramount, you want to enter the New Jerusalem (Heaven) this is how you do it. And it's not a mechanical obedience to God's commandments that saves us, we are saved by God's grace which He gives to those who 'love Him and keep His commandments' and repent when they sin. Obedience is simply the natural result of loving God and doing His will. Unfortunately most people don't know it's God's will that we keep His law, because they have been deceived by their churches into believing a lawless theology. Keeping God's law is evidence of our self-giving love for Him and our commitment to submit to His authority. "For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not a burden" (1John 5:3). (God doesn't need or want our emotional love, God requires a love that gives; time, energy, money, devotion, commitment, worship, praise, honor, thanksgiving, etc.)
People have hypothetically asked, what about someone who doesn't love God but keeps His commandments? There is no way to mechanically obey to God's commandments without loving God. Not even the hypocritical outward showing of piety by the Pharisees - because they missed the more important part of the law, according Jesus, "Justice, mercy (love) and faith". God gives is saving grace to those who 'love Him and keep His commandments'.
What Commandments or laws are we to keep?
If God really expects us to keep His Commandments, we need to know which ones. Let’s see what Jesus says about what commandments we need to keep…
Please note; the Hebrew word, and the Greek word, translated as 'Commandments' simply means 'law', 'what has been commanded', or 'law and prophets'. The word 'commandments' is not specifically meaning the "Ten Commandments". (I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but that's what the Scripture says). So with that understanding of the word 'commandments' read the following Scriptures.
Revelation 12:17 (NKJV), “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 14:12 (NKJV), “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 22:14 (NKJV), “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”
In God’s last message to mankind, The Book of the Revelation, Jesus tells us to keep the ‘Commandments of God’ or ‘do His commandments’. What commandments is that? Jesus said, ‘His Commandments’, so one could assume that includes all God has commanded. That would be a normal understanding of that phrase "the Commandment of God". Does that agree with what we read in Jesus’ words in the gospels? Yes, In Matthew 5:17-19 Jesus said that we are to keep the Old Testament ‘law and Prophets’, even ‘the least of these commandments’. That would include ‘all of He commanded’. And according to Jesus, that’s our source of righteousness which we will need to enter the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). Three times in the Book of the Revelation we read God defines those who are His ‘saint’ and those who will enter into the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life as those who ‘Do His commandments’, or ‘keep God’s commandments’. So from the first book of the New Testament (Matthew) to the last book of the New Testament (Revelation), we are told to keep all the Commandments of God to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But let's keep looking.
If we go back to the New Testament scriptures to see what sins will keep us out of heaven, then we will know which commandments we must keep to be allowed into Heaven. Logical, right?
Here, from the Scriptures, are lists of sins which keep sinners from inheriting the Kingdom of God;
1Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 5:5, “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Romans 1:29-32, “being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
2Timithy 3:2-5, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. “
And Jesus, speaking for God said; Revelation 21:7-8, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 22:15, “But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
As you can clearly see, it’s not just the violation of the ‘Ten Commandments’ that keeps people out of the ‘Kingdom of God’ and it’s not just a failure to “love one another”. There are many sins listed above that are not defined as violation of the ‘Ten Commandments’, which will exclude people from the Kingdom of heaven. And these lists didn’t even include blaspheme, or ignoring the needs of the poor (Luke 16:19-31, Matthew 25:31-46, or ignoring the weightier matters of the law in Matthew 23:23) which will also keep people out of heaven.
God has given us many laws, commandments, statutes, and ordinances other than the Ten Commandments. If we reject any of His laws (making us a presumptuous sinner), even the ‘least of them’, we are in rebellion against what Jesus said, and against God’s authority, and therefore not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven. When God said it’s those who ‘Do His Commandments’ that will enter the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life, He was saying that we are to ‘Do all of His Commandments’. It has to be that way, because when we limit the commandments that we must keep to a set few, we are saying that we can reject all the rest of God’s commandments, and when we reject any of God’s commandments we are saying 'no' to God and we are in rebellion against God’s authority over us. That’s bold. It’s only when we are willing to submit to God’s authority, keeping all that He has commanded and repent when we fail, that a person is ready for the Kingdom of Heaven. That's why Jesus said that the Scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35) and James said if we reject one law we are in rebellion against God, we might as well break them all. Any one commandment we set aside is a spurning of God's authority. The fact that we keep 99 other laws doesn't negate the fact that we are a rebel at heart - as evidenced by our refusal to keep one of God's commandments.
What does the Christian Church teach?
One of the big problems is this 'lawless' teaching, a teaching which says that we don't have to keep the commandments of God, and that teaching is coming from the churches, from the pulpits. They are saying since Jesus died on the cross we are free from the law. The only problem is, Jesus didn't say that, he said just the opposite, he said keep the law if you want to enter life and repent when we fail. The churches have taken Paul's writings and turned them into a 'lawless' theology, saying that we are free to break God's law because we are under grace, not law. Even 2Peter 3:16-17 tells us that if we understand Paul to mean that we can live a lawless lifestyle and still be saved, we have misunderstood him to our own destruction. And it should be made known to everyone, it was 30 years after Paul died that God dictated the Book of the Revelation to John, through Jesus. And that last book of the Bible clearly and succinctly says that we are to keep the Commandments of God for Eternal life. But the Christian Church uses Paul's words to cancel out Jesus' words and God's commandments. Have no part of what those churches teach.
Let there be no mistake, God is testing us. According to God, those who keep His commandments love Him (Exodus 20:6, John 14:21,23, 1John 5:3) and He loves them, and those who won't keep His commandments 'hate' Him (Exodus 20:5). To which ones do you think He will give His saving grace? To saying that we don't have to keep God's commandments to be saved, we are saying that God will save those who disobey His direct commands, spurn His authority, despise His word, rebel against Him, and 'hate' Him according to Exodus 20:5.
OOPS, I've been lied to...
Don't even asking your priest or pastor, they are trained to teach us church doctrine and the Scriptures as they are interpreted in compliance to their Church doctrine. We need to set aside Church doctrine and go straight to the Scriptures, right to Jesus' words and read them a face value. Jesus said that he is to be our only teacher, that is, he tells us all we need to know. (Matthew 23:10) His words are so clear and straight forward, don't let anyone twist them into making you lawless. And according to Deuteronomy 18:17-19, Acts 3:22, 7:37, Jesus' words come straight from the Father, Yahoveh.
Following Church Doctrine will save nobody
Christians who practice according to what their 'Christian' church teaches are not saved and will not receive eternal life, but they will face eternal death. Why do I say that? Well it’s really quite simple and clear. With the verses below, Jesus told us how to be save, how to receive eternal life. Jesus said that we must keep His teachings and the Commandments of God, and apart from that we will not receive eternal life;
Matt. 19:16-17, Mark 10:17-19a, Luke 18:18-20a, “And behold, one came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Luke 11:28. “But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
John 5:24, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me (Yahoveh God) has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
John 6:68, “But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
John 8:51. “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
And now that it’s clear that we must keep Jesus’ words to be saved, you ask, what is it that Jesus told us to do? He told us to keep his teachings and the Commandments of God, the Old Testament ‘law and the prophets’.
Matthew 5:17-20, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Very clearly here, Jesus tells us to keep the Old Testament 'law and the prophets', until 'heaven and earth pass away', every 'jot and tittle' and if we don't, we won't have the righteousness needed to enter the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Those that won't keep all the Commandments are called the ‘lawless’ and will not be allowed into God’s kingdom. And again, the big problem is that the Christian Churches are telling people that they can be lawless and still be saved by grace. But even in God’s last book of the Bible written, 30 years after Paul died, Jesus still told us to keep the Commandments of God to enter heaven… If we think that we can be lawless because of something Paul said, and still go to heaven, then we are saying that God will welcome into heaven lawless rebels who spurn His authority, ignore His commandments, reject Jesus' authority, despise His word and refuse to repent....it won't happen. Jesus and God both clearly told us to keep the Old Testament 'law and prophets'. If we then listen to someone, or ourselves, that tells us that we don't have to keep the Old Testament 'law and prophets', then we have placed that 'lawless' authority over God's or Jesus' authority, which means we have a new supreme authority, or god.
Revelation 12:17 (NKJV), “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 14:12 (NKJV), “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 22:14 (NKJV), “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”
Now here is the problem, The Christian Church points to Paul’s words and tell the people that they don’t have to keep the commandments of God, even though, Jesus, and God, said that we do need to keep them. And it’s not that Paul came after Jesus with a new revelation from God. Jesus’ words in the Book of the Revelation were given and written 30 years after Paul’s death. Jesus’ words in the Book of the Revelation are more current than Paul's words so they trump Paul’s words. Besides, Jesus said that it’s by his words that we will be judged. (We better keep his words).
Today's Christians can’t keep the commandments, even if they want to…
Even though Jesus instructed us to keep the “law and Prophets” and God commanded us to keep His Commandments, no "Christian" can keep the Ten Commandments. They can't, they all fail on the first and most important one. The First Commandment reads; Exodus 20:1-3, “And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am Yahoveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
A person can't keep the First Commandment and still be a Christian because the First Commandment states that there is one God, and no others, and His name is Yahoveh – which Jesus also affirmed (Mark 12:29). That means, according to the First Commandment and Jesus, there is no Trinity and Jesus is not God. And believing that Jesus is God, even though Jesus denied it, is required to be a 'Christian'. (It didn't used to be that way, prior to the 4th century but it is now). So we literally have to choose between following Jesus and keeping God's commandments or being a Christian. Jesus told us to keep the commandments (Matthew 5:17-20, Luke 18:19-20, Mark 10:17-20, Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14)... so if we follow and obey Jesus we fail at being "Christian"... So we need to choose. And that illustrates how far the Christian church has drifted from the Scriptures. Christian doctrine in incompatible with Jesus' teachings and instructions in the Scriptures. Christianity seems to be a mixture of Paul's New Testament teachings, with some human logic and reason, some tradition, and some Paganism. No where in the Bible will you find; Sunday worship, sacraments, vestments, candles, the Trinity, Easter, Christmas, purgatory, eternal hell for sinners, rejection of the Old Testament, or the preaching of lawlessness.
Jesus said he worshiped one God, Yahoveh (John 4:22-23) and told us to do the same (Matthew 4:10, Mark 12:29, John 17:3). Yet the Christian church tells us to worship three gods. While they claim the three are 'one God' with three persons, yet they say, each person being truly God, so it is effectively three separate God's.
Jesus told us to pray to Yahoveh alone as he did (Matthew 4:10, Matthew 6:6-14) as he did, but the Christian Church tells us that we can pray to also to Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told us to keep the Old Testament ‘law and the Prophets’, also known as the Torah - as he did. The Christian Church says Jesus died so we can be saved by grace without keeping God’s law.
Jesus told us to go to the Father when we seek forgiveness (Matthew 6:14). The Christian Church says that Jesus died for our forgiveness, and we really don’t have to ask for it or repent. Many churches will say that since we are not under the law there is no sin and we don't need to repent, 'just believe'.
They are not really Christians
The ‘Christians’ of today are not really Christians. ‘Christian’ means 'follower of Christ', today’s Christians do not follow Christ's instructions or commandment. How did the church get so far off course? It happened gradually over the centuries with the ‘church’ writing ‘doctrines’, ‘creeds’, ‘confessions’, ‘bulls’, and other writings by which they added Pagan ideas, Greek philosophy and human reasoning. When the church accepts these manmade creeds, they are then used to interpret Scriptures. So we could say that they are given authority over the Scriptures. The Jews at Jesus’ time did the same, they made ‘oral laws’ and ‘traditions’ to govern how they understood the Scriptures. In doing that, they then, like the Christian church of today, elevated the writings and traditions above the Scriptures, and sometimes, to keep their 'doctrines' or ‘writings’, they would violate the Scriptures. Jesus said, (Mark 7:7), “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ Jesus said that God would not accept their worship because they didn’t keep the commandments of God. The Christian church today doesn’t keep the commandments of God. They reject the First of the Ten Commandments, worshiping a Trinity of gods, most reject the 4th by rejecting God’s Sabbath, they eat pig and the foods God forbids and calls an abomination, and they keep their pagan feast (Easter and Christmas) instead of the feast days God told us to keep forever. God will not accept the Christian worship, and since they don’t keep the Commandments of God, God will not hear their prayers. Proverbs 28:9, “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.“
So a good ‘Christian’ cannot be saved, as long as they believe and practice as the Christian Church calls them to believe and practice. Jesus and all his apostles were Bible believing Jews who set aside all manmade laws and rules and followed the Scriptures alone. And that's what Jesus calls us to do.
The Christian Church dishonors Jesus and the Father by not obeying all they said.
But John 3:16...
And yes, I know about John 3:16. John 3:16 is perhaps the most well known verse in the entire Bible and is the ‘go to’ verse for those who want to emphasis ‘salvation by what they believe’, or ‘salvation by a mental faith alone’. But we must be careful not to use this one verse to negate all of God’s laws, and the rest of Jesus’ teachings by saying that all I have to do is ‘believe in my mind’ – while forgetting that Jesus himself told us to keep God’s law many times. The key to this verse is to understand what Jesus meant by 'believe'. In order to understand that, we can let the Bible interpret the Bible by finding parallel and like verses and then find a consensus among them. If we rely on just John 3:16 we could be taking it out of context.
John 3:16 is a record of Jesus’ words, but we also have Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Book of the Revelation. All of Jesus’ words must agree. We can’t have Jesus saying one thing in one book and having Jesus’ words in another verse, or book, disagree with that.
So comparing Scripture with Scripture, we can determine what Jesus means by ‘believe’;
John 3:16 (NKJV), “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” To “believe” in Jesus is to have everlasting life, or eternal life.
John 3:36, (NKJV) “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” Clearly, to ‘believe in the Son’ is to ‘obey the Son’, and receive life. And to ‘not believe in the Son’ is to ‘not obey the Son’ and not receive life. Here we understand that to ‘believe’ is to ‘obey’. If you believe you will obey.
John 8:51 (NKJV), says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Here Jesus said that if we 'keep' his word (obey it) we will receive everlasting life – so ‘keeping his word’, ‘obeying the Son’ and ‘believing in him’ must have to mean the same thing – they all gain eternal life.
John 12:48 (NKJV), “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” To reject Jesus’ word is to reject Jesus. To “receive Jesus’ words” or to “keep his word”, ‘obey the Son’ or to ‘believe in him”, is to receive eternal life - it’s all means the same.
John 14:23-24 (NKJV), “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” To obey, or keeping Jesus’ words is to be loved by Jesus and the Father. And those whom He loves He saves with eternal life.
Matthew 7:24 (NKJV), "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Jesus said it’s his word, his teachings that we must put into practice to not be destroyed (i.e., receive eternal life) – not simply to acknowledge who he is.
Revelation 22:14, (NKJV), “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.” Jesus said here, to ‘do God’s commandments’ gets you eternal life.
So to ‘believe in Jesus’ is ‘to obey the Son‘, ‘keep his word’, ‘receive his word’, ‘put them into practice’, and ‘do his commandments’ all result in ‘eternal life’ and therefore they all obviously mean the same. To ‘believe in Jesus’ means to obey Jesus’ teachings and Jesus taught that we are to keep God’s commandments to receive eternal life. And Jesus' message to mankind could be summed up by saying, 'God loves those who love Him and keep His commandments’.
So to ‘believe in Jesus’ or to ‘believe Jesus’ is to 'receive Jesus into your heart (inner self)', that is to accept his word and do it, and that is to ‘obey the Son’. That’s the only proof we can give him that we believe or trust him. And what did Jesus tell us to do? He told us to keep the Commandments of God. Too many people wrongly think that to ‘believe in Jesus’ means to believe that he existed, that he is the Son of God, he died on the cross, rose from the dead and believe all the facts about him, because that's what our churches tell us. But even the devils believe that (James 2:19). We must believe, trust and obey him. Jesus said why call me 'Lord, Lord' and not do what I says? Luke 6:46.
In Deuteronomy 18:17-19 Yahoveh said He would raise up a prophet to speak His words with His authority. Act 3:22, 7:37 both say Jesus is that prophet speaking the Word of God. So John 1:1 defines Jesus as the living 'word of God', or we could say that he is the 'living Torah'. John's gospel is also the gospel which tells us to 'believe in Jesus' for everlasting life. John is telling us to believe in the 'word of God' for everlasting life. The 'word of God' which Jesus spoke is "the way, truth and life", and obeying it is our only way to the Father. Jesus repeatedly said that those who keep his words would never see death, but would receive eternal life.
Jesus tells us that if we don’t receive his words and keep them, which were from the Father, we will be judged by them (John 12:48). In other words, the Judge will point to Jesus’ words and condemn those who rejected them, or didn’t obey them. But if we receive, keep and obey his words we will receive eternal life. So to 'believe in Jesus' means to accept and obey his teachings, that’s proof that we 'believe'. It would actually be silly to say that you believe in Jesus but you won't obey him. He thought so too, that's why he said, "Why do you call me lord, lord and not do what I say?" So when Jesus tells us to keep the ‘Law and Prophets’ (Matthew 5:17-20), we better keep the ‘Law and prophets’. When Jesus tells us to ‘live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Luke 4:4), we better do it – if we don’t, it’s obvious that we don’t believe him. We need to study Jesus’ words. We reject Jesus, or deny Jesus, by rejecting his teachings and commands, and we are also rejecting the Father, for Jesus spoke His words – that’s a great disrespect. If we keep his teachings and commands, it is proof that we have not rejected him, and truly believe him.
Hebrews 5:9 (NKJV), “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”. Jesus offers eternal salvation to those who obey what he said – and believe includes obedience, or it is a ‘dead’ faith.
It's most ironic that those who want to honor Jesus by worshiping him and praying to him actually are dishonoring him and the Father. They dishonor Jesus by disobeying him, for Jesus told us to worship Yahoveh, our Father, only and he told us to keep the 'law and prophets', i.e., all the commandments of God. If everyone read and obeyed the First of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-3, “I am Yahoveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me.") they would have to acknowledge that there is one God, Yahoveh, just as Jesus said in Mark 12:28-29. Jesus told us to pray to Yahoveh, our Father, and seek forgiveness from Him. So in worshiping Jesus, praying to Jesus, not obeying all that Jesus said is to dishonor Jesus. To reject some, or all, of the Father's commands, and seek forgiveness from Jesus instead of the Father, is to dishonor Jesus and the Father.
I'm convinced if Jesus was on earth today, he would not attend a Christian Church. I believe he would attend a Jewish synagogue. That's because it more closely matches his religious teachings he practiced. In Matthew 23 Jesus told his followers to attend the synagogues to hear the words of Moses and do them. Then he told them, but don't follow the ways of the Pharisees (oral traditions) because they speak of God's commandments and words, but don't do them. (Matthew 23:1-7). So according to Jesus, joining an Orthodox synagogue is permissible, but with the conditions that we don't let the 'oral law' or Jewish traditions get in the way of keeping the Torah, and we remember that Jesus (Yahshua) is the messiah. And there are non-Talmudic Jewish synagogues as well.
So if a ‘Christian’ can’t be saved by the teachings of their 'Christian Church' and they are lost, how do they get saved? Jesus made it very clear that we are walk as he did, that’s having the faith of Jesus. Jesus was a Jew, a Biblical Jew keeping all the commandments of God, that was his faith. He was a Biblical Jew because he set aside all the commandments of men which would interfere with keeping God's commandments - and in doing that we will be walking as Jesus walked. We are not to be Orthodox Jews, or Talmudic Jews who follow the manmade laws of the Talmud above the Scriptures, or Christians who follow the manmade laws and doctrines of their church in place of the Scriptures, thus negating the Scriptures. The Talmud and church doctrines are a problem because they interferes with the clear understanding and the keeping of Jesus' words in the Scriptures.
We are to accept Jesus as our Messiah which means that we obey Him by keeping the Old Testament 'law and Prophets', as Jesus commanded and worship Yahoveh alone as Jesus commanded. In doing that we are practicing the faith of Jesus - and that would be Messianic Judaism. Love God and keep His commandments.
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"Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
John 8:51 NKJV
"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”"
John 12:48-50 NKJV
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock."
Matthew 7:24-25 NKJV
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV
"And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him"
Hebrew 5:9 NKJV
"Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me."
John 14:23-24 NKJV