Interesting video by Jack Chick.
Is religion going to save you? You hear about one needs to be in a certain church to be saved. There are several that use Acts 20:28, Eph 5:23, 1 Cor 1:18, Matt 16:18, Rom 16:16, John 10:9, John 14:6 and Acts 4:10-12. The church has Christ as its head. Fine. The church also has to have the characteristics as in the blog “church of Christ, ” which means it has to have the right teachings. Yes you can to a church, faithfully gather, offer from your heart, spread the gospel, have a good family life, but it is vain if you treat your fellow human like dirt or engage in a sinful way of life. Too many are under the misnomer that your membership in a church guarantees salvation. The requirements to be in the first resurrection and/or see God are pretty stringent. The bible also says that one must not forsake the assembling of themselves together as written in Heb 10:25; in other words, if possible you need a place to plant yourself. Eph 5:27 says the church must be without spot and blemish. Titus 1:6-7 says that elders and overseers must be without blemish (NIV) and Matt 5:8 says the pure of heart will see God. The 144,000 are blameless (Rev 14:1-5). Ultimately the church is the first resurrection (1 Thess 4:16-17) and Rev 20:4-6 defines some of the dead in Christ and Rev 7:14-17 define the alive that meet in the clouds. Matt 16:18 also states “the gates of Hades will not prevail” as does Rev 20:6 about the second death having no power over the first resurrection. 1 Cor 5:13 first sentence also states God judges those outside.
Do your works save you? You read James 2 and it has references of faith and works being coupled together. Flight 144 is on “The Salvation Timeline”and that was about the religious figure who did all these works but forgot ONE THING: JESUS! You have to have that personal relationship with the Father and Jesus Christ by putting your faith and trust in them. It is true that faith and works go together but works does come from having faith.
Do you forgive?
Matthew 6:15King James Version (KJV)
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:21-22King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
So part of being saved is your sins being forgiven. You have to forgive others if you want to be forgiven. Also if we go back and remember 1 John 3;15 and 1 John 4:20, we know the consequences of these as written in Rev 21:8.
Always ask yourself what Jesus would do.
But what about the person who is not able to attend an organized religion? Rom 2:14-16 says we are judged according to the law; if we have it in our hearts there is a chance. There are people who are incarcerated, in nursing homes, maybe in a remote location. If you are exposed to the truth and then deny it or blow it off, then you are the one who is at risk of not being saved.
This is a prime example of a person who had a false impression he was doing the work of God. He forgot one thing. The most unlikely source of a messenger was in this tract.
God wants us to be saved. He also gives us a brain to think with so make sure your church adheres to His teachings. If you have any doubts have a private moment with the Father.
Here is a more updated version of “This Was Your Life”.
Matthew 24:36King James Version (KJV)
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
2 Peter 3:10King James Version (KJV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Given the current world situation, it could come any minute. Likewise, even if it doesn’t come now, you don’t even know the day of your own demise (only God knows).
Christian-professing religions are being judged or tested (depending on how you look at it) if you think about the chain of events since about 1975 and Rev 14:7-8. Remember that an hour in heaven is 41 years and 8 months. A lot has been exposed during this time frame. There are so-called “prophets” that are using the name of Jesus for personal or financial gain and making a business out of religion (Jesus was not happy about that before and certainly not now).
Revelation 14:7-8King James Version (KJV)
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Matthew 21:12King James Version (KJV)
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
One final thought in this line is helping your fellow man. There are numerous verses about giving to the poor but this one can be about helping someone who has fallen.
Deuteronomy 22:1-4New International Version (NIV)
22 If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. 2 If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. 3 Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it. 4 If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.
Are you ready? Also, don’t ignore any subtle signs. Near Death Experiences, hallucinations, hunches or gut feelings, things like a rash of car problems that are minor, etc are worthy of thinking about. When tragic events come, then the level has increased in God’s reminders.
http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-went-to-hell/katherine-ripley?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=creepy&utm_campaign=people_who_saw_hell Near Death Experiences are all too real and I have a firsthand account of someone who had one that described being in total darkness and reaching for a bright light.
Alas, some may be in for a rude awakening. Remember Matt 7:21-23. We don’t want to find out when it is too late.
Here is a new one:
http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1119/1119_01.asp This is about some kids who hated their father for his alcoholism but forgave him after they attended a worship service and then he willingly attended.
Let us not forget the story of the thief on the cross:
Luke 23:40-43King James Version (KJV)
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
A similar story is contained in the following Jack Chick tract.
There are people who are persecuted, slandered or even imprisoned for their beliefs or standing up for what is right yet they show no malice. Their detractors even sometimes believe ridiculing them is done in the name of God (let us revisit Colossians 3:8):
Colossians 3:8King James Version (KJV)
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
The majority need to review this because, quite frankly, very few “professing Christians” are worthy of the first resurrection:
Revelation 20:12King James Version (KJV)
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
One might be surprised who would survive this last chance.
The obvious goal is to be in the first resurrection because one is guaranteed salvation. The next chance apparently is for those that might survive the millennium and Rev 14:12-20 would indicate this. The final chance is the white throne judgment with two outcomes: The Holy City if in the book of life (Rev 21:27) or the lake of fire if not (Rev 20:15).
Find the truth:
1 Timothy 2:3-4King James Version (KJV)
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:13King James Version (KJV)
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Bearing fruit (bringing people to God) is a side effect of abiding in Christ.
John 15:5-6King James Version (KJV)
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Bottom line: put your faith in God and Jesus Christ, do what is right (forgive, help your fellow human, live a righteous way of life), know the truth, bring people to God. If you have faith, works/deeds come naturally. The Bible is quite clear that one has to enter in Christ to be saved (John 10:9) and salvation is a gift from God
Ephesians 2:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
https://bygracethroughfaith.wordpress.com/ This was an interesting article.
https://www.gotquestions.org/sell-soul-devil.html – but can one really “sell his or her soul to Satan” and is it irrevocable? For that matter, is the “mark of the beast” permanent?
Here is the bottom line:
Guaranteed salvation is in the first resurrection (1 Thess 4:16-17). One has to be pure of heart (Matt 5:8), without fault (Rev 14:1-5 and Eph 5:27), a martyr (Rev 20:4-6) and survive the Great Tribulation (Rev 7:14-17). This is the church of Christ (Matt 16:18) that we enter to be saved (John 10:9, Eph 5:23, Col 1:18). Our desire is to enter the Holy City (Rev 21:1-4). All outside this are judged (1 Cor 5:13).
The other chances are the Millenium (Rev 14:12-20 seems to indicate people being led to God after the fall of Babylon; one still has to stand in front of the throne even if redeemed during this time) and the Final Judgment (Rev 20:12-13). One must be found in the Book of Life to enter the Holy City (Rev 21:27).
James 2 mentions faith and works. If one has faith, works will follow.