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21 BURNING SUBJECTS
Bishop S. C. Johnson
The Whole Truth
Now Being Declared by
Bishop Shelton Rapha Chabash Luke
Jesus Christ is God Almighty, for the Bible says in Psalms 100:3, "Know ye that the Lord he is God: ..." In John 20:28, Thomas answered Jesus and said: "My Lord and my God." There are not three distinct persons in the Godhead as it has been taught for many hundreds of years. There is one, and that one is Jesus. He was Father in Creation for He made all things before He put on a body. He was Son in Redemption when He put on a body. He is now Holy Ghost in the Church because His spirit fills His people. The Bible says there is one God and there is none other but He. (Mark 12:32) We read in John 20:28 that Jesus is Lord and God. So we see, according to the Scriptures, that Jesus is Lord and God.
The Bible says, "Know ye that the Lord he is God." (Psalms 100:3) "There is one God; and there is none other but he." (Mark 12:32)
There were three manifestations of this ONE GOD, but the preachers did not understand them. He was manifested as Father when He made everything. Some say this is the first person in the Godhead, but it is not so. When He was manifested in the flesh as the Son of God, men say this is the second person in the Godhead. When He was manifest in the Church as the Holy Ghost, they say this is the third person in the Godhead. There is no Bible to support this teaching. It is absolutely unscriptural.
In I Timothy 3:16, we read: " ... God was manifest in the flesh ..." Jesus was THAT GOD manifest in the flesh when He was here. Jesus is the Almighty God. There is none other but He.
Some use the Scripture in John: "No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18), but fail to understand it. Speaking of man in this Scripture is referring to the natural carnal man that is not subject to the law of God, and neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7) Since the natural man is not subject to the law of God and is contrary to God's law or commandments, he cannot see God, because God is a Spirit and man is carnal.
The Bible says in John 6:46, "Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father." Manoah said, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God." (Judges 13:22) Jacob said, "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Genesis 32:30) He meant he did not die.
The preachers did not understand and don't understand the Scripture, because God did not send them. If they had been sent of God, then they would know who Jesus is. Not being sent of God, the truth of the Bible was and is hidden from them. Jesus said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." (Matthew 11:25). I find in Luke that Jesus opened the understanding of his preachers that they might understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45) Not one of them ever preached that there were three distinct persons in the Godhead. Not one of them baptized anyone using the term, "In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost" because they knew the truth of it. Jesus had opened their understanding; therefore, they preached the truth.
God said, "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran ..." (Jeremiah 23:21). Again in Isaiah, "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber." (Isaiah 56:10) Therefore, I am warning you, take heed and stay away from the false prophets and their churches.
Jesus Christ is God Almighty and beside Him there is no God. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8.) May God open your understanding that you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ is my prayer for you.
There has not been one baptism performed right for more than fifteen hundred years, unless it was done according to Acts 2:38. No one has been filled with the Spirit or had the birth of the Spirit unless it was according to Acts 2:4. Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) Therefore, this leaves the religious world out of the plan of salvation according to the words of Jesus. The modern way of today, in converting men and women to Christ, is unscriptural--such as: joining a church; raising your hand and accepting Christ as your personal Saviour; bowing your head; slipping up a finger; accepting Christ right where you are; the "Hour of Decision", etc. All of this is man-made doctrine and not according to the Word of God. Every man or woman that has not been baptized according to Acts 2:38 and received the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4, is still in their sins.
John the Baptist preached water and Spirit (Matthew 3:11) Jesus preached water and Spirit. (John 3:5) Paul preached water and Spirit. (Acts 19:5,6) and Peter preached water and Spirit, in Acts 2:38. No one has the right baptism unless they are baptized by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to Acts 2:38 and no one has the birth of the Spirit unless they have received the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4.
There never has been but three water baptisms in all the world. The first baptism was Moses'. (I Corinthians 10:2) The second baptism was John's. (Matthew 3:11) John baptized unto repentance. The third baptism was Peter's, which was water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:16 and Acts 19:5) No one in Bible times ever baptized anyone like the preachers have been baptizing for many hundred years, using the words: "I will therefore baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." These were titles, but the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. Therefore, the Apostle Peter commanded everyone on the Day of Pentecost to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. That is the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The preachers that were not sent of God did not receive the revelation on Matthew 28:19 and they failed to do what Jesus said do. They call the titles when they baptize: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Neither one of these titles is a name. They baptize calling the titles and leave off the name, which is Jesus Christ. Peter used the name of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38) Paul used the name (Lord Jesus) in Acts 19:5. Philip used the name (Lord Jesus) in baptism. (Acts 8:16). The modern way they baptize today such as: calling the titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; sprinkling; pouring, etc., is not according to the word of God.
There is a group that has erred from the truth and are deceived by the devil. When we received the revelation that the baptism calling the titles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost was not right, the devil used another trick, by telling the people to get baptized in the name "Jesus."
The apostles never said to anyone, repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus, because they knew by the Holy Ghost that there were three named Jesus in the Bible: Jesus Christ, Jesus Justus and Bar-Jesus. When you baptize saying: "I will therefore baptize you in the name Jesus, some may ask, "Which Jesus?", because there are three. But when one is baptized in the name of "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Jesus", then you know which one you were baptized in, because there is a distinction made.
The devil has this group deceived. There are no Scriptures in the Bible where the apostles baptized saying in the name, Jesus. They used the name "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Jesus." That was to make a distinction to let the world know in which name of Jesus they received their baptism. If there were three "Johns" in a city, one a plumber, one a carpenter and one an electrician and one of them died, and it was said that "John" died last night, someone would ask, "Which John?" When they answer, "John, the plumber", his title would identify him. Jesus' title identifies Him when it is used in baptism: "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Jesus."
I want to say to everyone that has followed that error and was baptized in the name Jesus, and "Lord" or "Christ" was not used in the baptism--you have a false baptism and must be baptized again in the name of the Lord Jesus or in the name of Jesus Christ.
Some say they would rather do what Jesus said than do what Peter said do. I will not let them get by with that statement. It displays the height of ignorance in everyone that makes this statement. We must accept what Jesus endorsed. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus said to Peter, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." In John 17:20, Jesus said, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;"
Whosoever he or she may be that makes the statement, "I would rather do what Jesus said do than what Peter said do," is ignorant, blind and deceived by the devil. If Jesus sent an angel from heaven and told Cornelius to send for Peter, gave Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven when He was here and said He prayed for them that would believe on him through the words of the Apostles, then you know they who make such a statement are false men and women.
SPRINKLING, A FORM OF BAPTISM
Sprinkling babies and adults and such like is not according to the Bible. Jesus said "he that believeth and is baptized" and "repent and be baptized." (Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38) A baby cannot believe; neither can it repent. That is man-made doctrine and of the devil. Therefore, they are making hypocrites from the womb. Such doctrine will not stand the Bible test.
"Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things." (II Timothy 2:7)
Now dear reader, if you have not been baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost as aforestated, you have never experienced the new birth that Jesus preached to Nicodemus. The Bible says in Colossians 3:17: "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus ..." The Scripture in Acts 4:12 says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Even though you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives you utterance, you must get the water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Peter preached the gospel to the household of Cornelius, "the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word." (Acts 10:44) "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God," (Acts 10:46). "Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord ...," and the Lord's name is Jesus. (Acts 10:47, 48; Acts 9:5) So you see, dear reader, you must obey what Jesus said, "... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." You cannot have the water and reject the Spirit. You must have both, just as Jesus said.
Whoever he be that preaches a gospel to the people and fails to preach the birth of the water and Spirit, like Jesus, Peter and Paul, he is a false prophet and he and all his followers are on their way to hell and everlasting destruction, because Jesus said in plain words: "... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Whosoever he be that tells you to come up to the altar and accept Christ as your personal Saviour or raise your hand, he is a false prophet. His teaching is unscriptural and damnable. When you respond to his call and go to the altar to accept Christ or be converted, you walk up a sinner and after you accept what he calls salvation, you walk away a sinner, without getting what Jesus said a man must get, that is the water and the Spirit. Acts 2:38 and Acts 2:4. Jesus, Peter and Paul did not preach the gospel without mentioning the baptism of the water and Spirit. Jesus said in Galatians 1:8, 9: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Beware, dear reader. Jesus said the water and Spirit. No one has the water baptism or birth of the Spirit, unless they have been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 and received the Holy Ghost like they did on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:4) If you did not receive the Holy Ghost like they did on the day of Pentecost, you are still a sinner. It does not matter how many times you claim to have been converted, shook hands with some false prophet or joined some false church, or say you are a Christian, that is man-made and mouth salvation. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said." (John 7:38) The Scripture says, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." If you'd rather believe what some man said, then follow him to destruction. But if you believe what Jesus and the Scripture says, then follow Jesus to eternal life.
It has been said that, "At the moment we repent of sin and turn by faith to Jesus Christ, we are born again." This is not the truth, it is another lie preached by the devil. For Bible proof, in Samaria, men and women surrendered to the preaching of Philip and were baptized, but they did not get the Spirit then. They didn't get the Spirit until Peter and John came down from Jerusalem and laid hands on them and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:5-17) So you see, that is another lie preached by the devil and the false prophets.
It has been said that, "There is nothing that you can do to obtain this new birth." "...Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar:, ..." (Romans 3:4) On the day of Pentecost when the church first started at Jerusalem and when Peter preached the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent from Heaven, they said to Peter, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37) Peter answered them by saying, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." So you see, Peter told them what to do and they did it, because there were about 3,000 added to the church that same day. The Scripture says, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." (Acts 2:38-41) So, when it is preached that there is nothing that you can do to obtain the new birth, that is a lie preached by false prophets and the devil. "... Yea, let God be true but every man a liar; ..." (Romans 3:4)
Some say no one can live holy in this world. Jesus said: "He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said ..." (John 7:38). The Scripture says, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" (Hebrews 12:14) The Scripture says in Ephesians 1:4: " ... He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" Some will ask "How can anyone live holy when they were born in sin?" Jesus said men must get the birth of the Spirit. "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) This birth of the Spirit enables one to live holy here in this world. When one is born of the Spirit, his nature is changed and his affections are set on things above and not on the things on earth. (Colossians 3:2) Without the new birth which consists of water and Spirit, no one is born again, and can live a life for God. Jesus said you must be born again. You must get the New Birth. Without it, your worship is in vain. You can preach, pray, sing, testify, and dance, but without the new birth, it is all in vain. Read Matthew 15:8, 9. "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." That is why I say to everyone, if you don't want it like the Bible outlines it, stay home and don't go to any of the false churches under the sun because it is all in vain. Don't pay dues to go to hell; go free. You will have to pay enough when you get there. Every pope, president, evangelist, pastor, teacher and whosoever he or she may be, must be born again. The new birth consists of the water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:4) Let me tell you in plain words, whosoever does not have it like this is lost and on their way to an everlasting lake of fire.
Some try to condemn the signs that Jesus said would follow the believers saying you do not have to speak in tongues. This is another trick of the devil to offset the truth and cause men and women to be lost. They say you have the Holy Ghost without speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. There is no Scripture that will support such teaching. We must take what the Bible says: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;" (Mark 16:17) These are the words of Jesus. Every believer will speak with new tongues according to Mark 16:17 and Acts 10:46. Whosoever he or she may be that says they have the Holy Ghost and never spoke in tongues, I will have to say to them, "...Let God be true, but every man a liar;" (Romans 3:4)
If you are a believer, then according to the words of Jesus, you will speak in another language when the Holy Ghost is come upon you, just as others did when it came upon them.
God is a healer and He promised to heal them that will believe on Him as the Scripture hath said. When He sent the disciples out in Matthew 10:8, He said unto them, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." James 5:14,15 reads, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; ..."
Many have different viewpoints on communion and fail to follow the Word of God. They err, not knowing the Scriptures. The Lord said He would not drink any more the fruit of the vine. (See Matthew 26:29) Some use water, some use soda water and others take grape juice, but this thing was preached in Abraham, before the law when there were no priests or preachers. The Lord took the place of the preacher himself and Abraham took the place of the congregation. The Lord met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him. (See Genesis 14:17-20) Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. And Melchizedek, the priest, gave unto Abraham bread and wine, not bread and water, or bread and soda water, nor bread and grape juice. The Bible says, "For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; ..." (Psalms 75:8) Some take communion, saying they commune in the Spirit. Paul did not say that in I Corinthians 11:29, 30: He said: "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep." You do not get weak and sickly by communing in the Spirit. Some say you should take communion every April. That is another lie and it is not according to the Bible. The Scripture says: "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." (I Corinthians 11:26)
Some do not believe that it is right to wash one another's feet. In John 13th chapter, Jesus set forth a perfect example for us when He poured water in a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet. When He came to Peter, Peter said, "Thou shalt never wash my feet." Jesus said unto him, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Peter seeing that he was going to hell if he did not submit to having his feet washed, said to Jesus, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." After Jesus washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, "Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." So, dear reader, if you do not believe in washing feet and don't submit to the same, you will not have a part with Jesus. (John 13:5-17)
Every God-fearing individual should pay tithes. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek who is God Almighty. (Genesis 14:17-20) Jacob made a vow saying, "... of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee." (Genesis 28:22) In Malachi 3:8-10, we read: "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Jesus said in Matthew 23:23, you ought to pay tithes. Paul said in Hebrews 7:5, "And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:" Some say tithes are under the law. Tithing came through the law and into the dispensation of Grace. See Luke 24:44. If you do not give God the tenth of all your income, you will be cursed with a curse, according to Malachi 3:9.
God has never called and sent a woman to preach the gospel and never will. Every woman that says God called her to preach the gospel, is lying on God. Read I Timothy 2:11,12: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." (I Corinthians 14:34, 35) Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law." " ... for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." Also read Isaiah 3:12.
Many believe a woman has a right to preach. They take Galatians 3:28 "...there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." and say it justifies the woman and gives her as much right to preach the gospel as a man. That is erroneous teaching and belief. This Scripture has no reference to women preachers. It is dealing with the privilege everyone has to come into the body of Christ, male or female, if they desire to come. For it says in Galatians 3:27, 28, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." That means God will receive the Gentile, Jew or anyone that will accept the plan of salvation. They are put into the body by one Spirit.
They also use the Scripture in Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:17, 18 and Acts 21:9, to justify themselves, but it cannot be done, for the Scripture does not contradict itself. It tells us, "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man ..." (I Timothy 2:12) Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 speaks of prophesying. That is a two-fold prophecy spoken of in Joel. The prophecy pertaining to a woman is foretelling of coming events, such as, there is going to be a famine or a war or an earthquake. This is the prophecy given a woman. To preach, teach and open up or interpret the Scripture is not given a woman, for it is continued in the Scripture: "I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man ..." He told His preachers (men) to teach all nations. God told the old women to teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed. "The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;" (See Titus 2:3-5)
The Bible tells the younger women to marry and guide the house. "I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house." (I Timothy 5:14) Some women are so deceived of the devil they call themselves "bishops". The Bible says in I Timothy 3:1-2, "This is a true saying. If a man desire the office of a bishop, he [not she] desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife ..." It says, "The husband of one wife," not the wife of one husband. You see how deceived they are and do not regard or respect the Word of God. Therefore, every woman preacher is lost and on her way to destruction because she is deceived of the devil and she has lied on God. God has never called a woman to preach and never will.
No one was commanded to keep the sabbath day in this dispensation. The Sabbath was only kept in one dispensation, which was the fifth. Jesus did not preach to remember the sabbath day and keep it holy, neither did the apostles. Jesus went into the cornfield with His disciples on the sabbath day and they pulled corn which was contrary to the Fifth Dispensation, the Dispensation of the Law. See Luke 6:1-5. Jesus healed a man on the sabbath day. (Luke 6:9,10) "Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other." Neither Jesus nor the apostles preached the Sabbath day to be kept. Paul did not preach it but said in Colossians 2:16-17: "Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." He said "sabbath days". That included all of them. Some will try to tell you it did not mean the seventh day sabbath, but don't take their mouth for it. He said "sabbath days" and meant all of them. The keeping of the sabbath day is an error from the devil. I defy any sabbath day keeper to prove by the Scripture that the sabbath day is to be kept in this dispensation.
The devil told the sabbath day keepers another lie, when he told them not to eat certain meats. The Bible tells us: "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." (I Timothy 4:4-6) Some will say if every creature is good, then that means a cat and dog. The Bible says, "Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake. (See I Corinthians 10:25-27) Shambles means markets and to my knowledge, they do not sell cats and dogs in the markets. Therefore, we do not have to eat them.
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18) Can the people of God indulge in or endorse pride and be ready when the Lord comes? Jesus spoke of pride in Matthew, 15th chapter. He said, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man." See Matthew 15:18-20 and Mark 7:20-23. (He was speaking of adultery and brought pride in with it, classing pride and adultery alike.) So we see that the Church cannot endorse pride and be ready when the Lord comes. Paul spoke against pride saying, "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;" See I Timothy 2:9.
Isaiah spoke against it in Isaiah 3:16. Peter spoke against it in I Peter 3rd chapter. See I Peter 3:3-5. Nylons, toes and heels out, painted lips, hair straightening, finger nails painted, etc., is not after the Spirit.
John spoke against it in I John 2:15, 16 saying: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world, ... the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (I John 2:17)
Whatever worldly and fleshly lusts we follow after, they war against our soul. Therefore, Apostle Peter exhorted the church to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against our soul. (I Peter 2:11).
Dear Reader, you cannot indulge in these things and be ready when the Lord comes. We are told to offer our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1, 2)
To the reader of this subject, I say again: it is not of God, but of the world.
WOMEN WEARING MEN'S APPAREL
Women adorning themselves in men's apparel is contrary to the Bible. Women shall not wear that which pertaineth to a man neither shall a man wear that which pertaineth to women, for it is an abomination. Every woman that wears pants is going to hell for doing it. Deuteronomy 22:5 says, "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God."
Every woman wearing that which pertaineth to a man, such as pants, caps, etc., and every man that wears a woman's garment, is an abomination in the eyesight of God. Some women try to make an excuse for wearing apparel pertaining to the man because of doing certain types of work, but the Bible kills all excuses in this Scripture. (Deuteronomy 22:5)
FORBIDDING TO MARRY
There is a certain group that forbids a preacher (or priest) to marry. This is another error that comes from the pit of hell and is practiced by people that are deceived of the devil and led astray.
God gave the first man, Adam, a wife, Eve. Abraham, Moses, David, Jacob and Isaac had a wife. Peter was married, also Mary, the mother of Jesus was married and had children. There is no Scripture in the Bible that forbids any man to have a wife as long as he gets her lawfully. The Spirit saw this coming and said through the Apostle Paul in I Timothy 4th chapter: "...Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry ..." (I Timothy 4:1-3) They are deluded and on the way to destruction saying, Mary went to heaven both soul and body and had no other children but Jesus, which are unscriptural statements. (Matthew 12:47)
The Bible says Joseph took Mary and knew her not until she brought forth her first born. (Matthew 1:24-25) We all know what that means. You will find that these teachings are doctrines of the devil because there is no Bible for such.
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
Jesus said, " Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery." (Mark 10:11,12) Many, not knowing the Scriptures, go to Matthew 19:9 to justify themselves, saying Jesus said, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication ..." When they find their legal married wife or husband have committed the act, they say it is fornication, but it is not so.
Fornication is committed between the unmarried and not the legally married. Joseph thought that Mary had committed fornication and was minded to put her away privately because she was espoused to him, not legally married. (Matthew 1:18-19) In Matthew 19th chapter, Jesus was speaking of two wives; the espoused wife and the legally married wife. When the espoused wife commits the act, it is fornication. But if the legally married wife commits the act, it is adultery. Read the 10th chapter of Mark.
There is no Bible permitting one to put away his wife for committing adultery. As I said before, if a woman is espoused to a man and he finds that she is unfaithful, he can put her away as Joseph thought to do Mary. He does not have to marry her and she will have no power to make him marry her. She cannot sue for breach of promise because she was unfaithful. That is what Jesus meant in the 19th chapter of Matthew, when he said, "...Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." (Matthew 19:9)
Some say if you divorce your wife or husband before you are saved and marry again after you get saved, God blots out all of that sin, forgives you for it and you can remain with the second companion, while your first one is still living, saying that judgment begins at the house of God, not understanding the Scriptures. They twist the Scripture to their own destruction as Peter said. (II Peter 3:16) I will admit that judgment begins at the House of God. When one is out in the world and does not know God even though he or she is living in adultery, having two or three companions, the church has no right to judge them. The Scripture says, "For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore, put away from among yourselves that wicked person." See I Corinthians 5:12,13. When they come and get the new birth and are in the church, that is when judgment will start. We will judge them according to the 19th chapter of Matthew and the 10th chapter of Mark, where Jesus said, " ... Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery ..." The word "whosoever" gets everyone.
Dear reader, according to the Scripture, a woman is bound by law to her husband as long as her husband liveth. (Romans 7:2-3)
TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE
Some fool has said there are thirty thousand mistakes in the Bible. How foolish; how blind; how ignorant! There are fools who say the Bible has been translated so many times until you cannot depend on what the Scripture says. Jesus said the Scripture cannot be broken. See John 10:35. That shows how ignorant they are. If it could not be broken, then no man was able to change it from its originality and put something different to offset the people from the truth.
Jesus was responsible for that and He quoted this Scripture and said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." (Luke 21:33) If it was so that some man could take the Bible and change it, taking out of the Bible what God had in it for our learning and now we do not have the right Bible or Scriptures, that would make Jesus a liar. The Bible says, " ... let God be true but every man a liar;" See Romans 3:4.
The devil's purpose is to offset you from the truth of the Bible by telling you that men have changed it. That is a lie. Men could not change it. God guarded and watched over His Word and kept it from passing away. He said heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. See Luke 21:33.
Some fools will talk about the Greek, Hebrew and Latin trying to give another meaning of the Scripture either in Hebrew or Greek or Latin versions. This is not the truth. Whether it is Hebrew, Greek or Latin, it has the same meaning because Jesus said, "And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." (Mark 13:37)
If you order a dog in the Greek language from a Greek, when it arrives, it will not be a pig, but a dog. If you order a dog in Hebrew, Latin or English, it will be the same specie, a dog. I say that to say this, no language changes the species. It is a dog when it arrives whether ordered in the Hebrew, Greek or Latin language. In every language it means the same thing. It does not mean one thing in one language and another thing in another language. This is often used by false prophets. (The Greek translation gives us a different meaning from that of the English.) You ought to know that this could not be the truth. The false prophets are used of the devil to pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul took care of this in Galatians 1:8, 9, saying, "But though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. See II Timothy 2:7.
Another one of the devil's tricks to deceive men and women is to tell them to join a secret order and make them think that it is of God and religious. It is religious, but not the religion that pertains to God. It is a duty that men are bound to do one toward another. It is contrary to the Word of God.
In order to join a secret society or whatever it may be called, one is compelled to take an oath which is contrary to God's Word. "... Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black." (Matthew 5:33-36) You see that is contrary to the Word of God. Jesus said, " ... In secret have I said nothing." (John 18:20)
It is taught by a group of unbelievers that mechanical instruments are forbidden to be used in the New Testament Church. This is another lie to deceive the people. I defy any of these preachers to give chapter and verse for such doctrine. It is an error out of the pit of hell. The apostles did not teach such damnable doctrine. To justify themselves, they go to the book of Amos where God forbade hypocrites to play music because their hearts were not right. God said to them, "Take away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols." (Amos 5:23) God does not want hypocrites to play (instruments) or sing (songs). God did not forbid his people to play or sing, but forbade those hypocrites because He does not want a hypocrite to play or sing. In Isaiah 1:15, God said, "And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood."
This group that is teaching against and forbidding the use of musical instruments in religious worship is deceived of the devil and does not know anything about the truth. They have a man-made doctrine of their own which is not according to the Scripture. They teach that the Holy Ghost is not given today; the days of miracles are over and many other unscriptural doctrines. I defy any false evangelist to stand behind his doctrine with the Bible.
We are exhorted to praise the Lord upon instruments and with our breath. Psalms 150:3-6 reads, "Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals; praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
When the Old Testament says a thing and the New Testament does not condemn it, that thing remains perpetual and lasts as long as the world stands. But when the Old Testament says a thing and the New Testament condemns it, that thing was just a shadow of the real thing which was to come. You cannot find one Scripture forbidding the use of mechanical instruments in religious worship. That is a lie from hell.
There has been much controversy about the head covering. I have noticed nearly everywhere I go among holiness people that the women are bare-headed. The preachers' and deacons' wives and daughters and the other women attended church without a head covering, even though the Bible clearly states that if a woman prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered she dishonoureth her head. Read I Corinthians 11:5.
Some say the woman's hair is given for a covering and her hair is the covering the Bible speaks about. What a mistake they have made! If the hair is the covering that the woman should have on her head and if that is what Paul meant when he spoke of a covering, there would be no reason to write anything, because we don't have to preach to women to keep their hair on, or put it on when they pray. They keep that on all the time. The Apostle Paul was speaking about a covering to be worn over the hair which gives or refers honor to the man. God would not have the woman to dishonor her head which is the man. Therefore He said: Every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head (which is the man.)
It is a shame for a woman to pray or prophesy with her head uncovered. It is even as if she were shaven. If a woman's head was bald or shaven, she would be terribly ashamed, so it is just as much a shame for her to have her head uncovered (no covering on her head) when she prays or prophesies because she dishonors her head, which is the man. I Corinthians 11:3-16 states, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God."
There has been a great question raised through the ages about the certainty of Cain's wife. "Who was she and from where did he get her?" Answer: She was a human being and was Cain's sister, the daughter of Eve and Adam. Some say, Cain went into the land of Nod and found a wife. The Bible does not state that. It tells us that Cain went into the land of Nod and KNEW his wife. A man can get married in America and both of them board a plane for Germany immediately after the ceremony and he will not know his wife until they get to Germany.
The Bible refers to Adam as the first man. (I Corinthians 15:45) and "Eve was the mother of all living." (Genesis 3:20). Cain married a human being. There were no other people on earth to produce human beings but Adam and Eve. Thus, Cain married his sister and went into the land of Nod, knew his wife and she conceived and bore Enoch. (Genesis 4:16,17)
In those days, men married their sisters. Example: Abraham married his sister. That was done on the natural side showing us today that we should marry our spiritual sisters as they married their natural sisters.
THE THIEF ON THE CROSS
In as much as many have called my attention to the thief (who was crucified at the time Jesus was crucified) stating he was saved without water, therefore one can be saved today without water: I would like to enlighten you on this subject. The water and Spirit was not preached for the people to receive in the time of the thief, because the time had not come for it to be preached. It was preached in due time.
Jesus preached water and Spirit but the time to receive the water and Spirit had not come. The thief was saved according to his faith. He believed Jesus was able to save him, therefore he said to the other male-factor, " ... We receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." (Luke 23:41-42) He believed that Jesus was able to save him so he was saved by his faith like they were saved in the Old Testament dispensation, because the church had not yet started. Before the water and Spirit was administered, the people were saved by faith like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others that did not have water and Spirit. Since the church started on the Day of Pentecost, all men everywhere are commanded to obtain the New Birth as was preached by Jesus in John 3:5. "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Everyone must be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance or be lost. No other way will save you.
Another mistake the false prophets makes along with many others is taking communion every Sunday. This is done because of their interpretation of the Bible. They believe that each time the Bible speaks of breaking bread and eating meat, it means taking communion.
If you notice in the Scriptures, you will see that Jesus was known of the disciples by breaking bread. "And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread." (Luke 24:35)
The bread and meat in Acts 2:42 and 46 means a natural feast or meal; not communion.
In Acts 20:7, it reads: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread ..." They have used their own interpretation saying this means taking communion the first day of the week, thus they serve communion every Sunday. It is written that Paul broke bread on the first day of the week. It does not say he took communion or served wine or the Lord's cup.
Jesus did not take communion every Sunday. He said as often as you do this you show forth my death. "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." (I Corinthians 11:26).