2 Ths. 2:9-12, ‘The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who PERISH, because they did not receive the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. For this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.’
2 Cor. 5:10, ‘For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each [believer] may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.’
Mt. 25:31-46, ‘When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then he will sit on the throne of His glory. All the [religious people] will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep [true disciples] from the goats, [religious, disobedient believers].’
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DESPITE THE APOSTLES’ TEACHING, THE ONSLAUGHT OF SECRET SOCIETIES GATHERED STRENGTH
Trojan horse ‘brethren’
Paul wrote in Gal. 2:4, “[Ritual circumcision and hypocrisy have entered the body of Christ.] And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in, who came by stealth to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ, that they might bring us into bondage.”
In Trojan-horse style, by stealth and deceit, just as modern Masonic/Roman Catholic Jesuit Orders still operate, a secret, Hebrew (and also a Roman Catholic Christian Brotherhood) infiltrated the assemblies of believers to attack the body of Christ from the inside, deceiving even Barnabas and Peter! (Gal. 2:11-21.)
Their handiest tools were the distortion of Scripture in general, confusing the two very different Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and counterfeiting the spiritual manifestations and ministry of the Holy Spirit. This produced soul-consuming legalism in churches, and terrible confusion about Bible interpretation and the way the gifts of the Holy Spirit function among the body of Christ, (1 Cor. 12:12-31.)
As a result, Paul cried out in Gal. 3, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth… [Rebellion and deception are as idolatry and witchcraft, 1 Sam. 15:22-23.] Having begun in the Spirit, [accepting Jesus’ salvation, blessing, and the Holy-Spirit indwelling through your personal rebirth,] are you now being ‘made perfect’ by the flesh? [Following church religion instead of Jesus; keeping certain ceremonial ordinances of the ousted, Old Covenant; the ritual law such as circumcision; and other false doctrines, Heb. 8:13.] Have you suffered so many things in vain? [Did you learn nothing by the ‘baptism of fire’ or ‘baptism of suffering?’]” Gal.3:10-25, “For as many are of the works of the law are under the [entire] curse [of the law, Deut. Chapter 28.] For it is written, cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things, which are written in the… law, to do them… Christ has redeemed us [past tense] from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us… that the blessing of Abraham, [the entire state or spiritual position of blessedness, Deut 28,] might come upon the [believing] Gentiles in Christ Jesus…” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Gal. 2:21, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness [and blessing] comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
False, legalistic obedience to the Old Testament, ritual or ceremonial law, (Heb. 8:13,) cannot buy salvation, redemption, or blessing. Yet, even modern believers are supposedly ‘cursed’ by ‘robbing’ God of Old Testament tithes, which pertains to the old temple-dispensation that was completely annulled by Christ at the cross, ([Heb. chapters 8-10; 8:13.)
“You shall know them by their fruits”
Jesus, in His infinite wisdom, instructed His believers beforehand, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the [false religious] gate and broad is the [deceitful religious] way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Beware of false prophets, [teachers, pastors, evangelists,] who come to you in sheep’s clothing, [to lead unsuspecting souls on the broad way of Christian religion,] because inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their [unrepented, bad] fruits…” (Mt. 7:14-29.) We will know “ravenous wolves” by no other way than by their continuous, evil conduct. Through their constant bad “fruits,” they prove they care only about themselves and what they can get out of others. They cannot help but show their evil hearts by their greed, immoral lifestyles, selfishness, slander, addictions, dishonesty, manipulation, infidelity, false doctrines, lies, deceit, stubbornness to repent from the abuse of God’s Truth, extortion, oppression, etcetera.
In Mt. 7:14-29, Jesus was not speaking about ‘weaknesses’ or ‘making mistakes,’ which all humans are prone to. His words cut deeper than our feeble humanity; striving hard to honor God in everything we do and sometimes failing miserably, (Jam. 1:21-25; 3:1-2.) Jesus was addressing unrepentant sin and unchanging human character, forged through constant, willful continuance in sin, and thus, posing a serious danger not only to the offender himself, but also to other people and believers in particular.
Mostly to their own benefit, believers must “exercise their senses to discern good from evil… and exercise themselves towards godliness… to abstain from all evil,” while unrepentant people deliberately “exercise their senses to commit evil [more perfectly,]” (Heb. 5:13-14; 1 Tim. 4:7.) From such “men of corrupt minds who are destitute of truth… [we must] withdraw ourselves,” (1 Tim. 6:3-6.) For the sake of our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being, we must refuse to “fellowship with them,” and “abstain” from the evil works of such ungodly users of God and His blood-bought people, (Eph. 5:11-12; Ths. 5:21-22.)
Our best defense: “Test and prove everything to see if it is from God” - which excludes sending evil people to hell
Jesus commanded in Mt. 7:1, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” He was not forbidding constructive criticism, or the condemnation of willful, unrepentant wrongdoing. He forbade sinful and selfish criticism; “the spirit of faultfinding that overlooks one’s own shortcomings and sin while attacking and destroying personal character, [which is spiritual and emotional murder, Mt. 5:22,] while assuming the role of supreme judge in regard to the [eternal life] of others.” – [Spirit Filled Bible, 1991 version — beware of modern versions of this Bible.]
In obedience to the contextual commandments of Jesus, Paul wrote his epistles to warn believers like the confused Corinthians, “who were deceived into thinking that life-style does not relate to faith in Jesus.” However, if believers deliberately and unrepentantly persist in sin, they will face the same final destiny as all others who choose to remain in sin. “His point is [not condemnation but] to arrest their attention and stop their deception. So, he does not address the question to say when [the person reaches his or her ‘limit’ of unrepentant sin, when] practiced behavior causes saints to cross the line to being ‘disinherited’ in God’s sight,” (Rom. 7:7-25.)
Paul did not preach unconditional salvation or eternal security without repentance from Moral sin
The ‘eternal security’ of the sincerely born again believers, who continually grows in knowledge, faith, and grace, but “sometimes stumble,” yet hastily returns to God’s forgiveness and repentance, is not the issue here, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) All sincere believers were saved and stand solely by God’s grace in Jesus Christ. However, those who unrepentantly and willfully continue in sin are not really born again, saved, or part of the spiritual Kingdom of God. Such we will know by their persistent sinful behavior or bad ‘fruit,’ (1 Jn. 1:7-10; Jam. 3:2; 2 Ths. 1:8.)
Contrary to what the doctrine of ‘once saved, always unconditionally saved’ teaches, Paul warned in Eph. 5:5-7, “No fornicator [or] covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of God…” He continued in Gal. 5:19-21, “…Those who [unrepentantly or continually] practice adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries… will not inherit the kingdom of God.” In the context of deliberate, unrelenting sin, (and may we all remember that false teaching and false religious practices are of the worst kind of sin,) Paul did not even mention the kingdom of heaven. He spoke of the spiritual Kingdom of God, which resides inside the human spirit or personally born again ‘heart’ of every sincerely true disciple of Christ! So, he was saying that such willful breakers of the Moral Law, have not seen God and do not belong to Him, (Jn. 13:34.)
Read PART 3 again, The Roman Catholic Assault from Within the Midst of Jesus’ Assemblies
Casting Lots to Determine the Will of God for a Particular Situation — is it still valid under the New Covenant?