What should you do when you lose faith in your religion?

Question: “What should you do when you start to lose faith in your religion?” – Wes Pierson

Pretext: The sad reality is that we live a fallen world where false religion almost reigns supreme. The sinfulness of man causes him to cast a god in his own image and then create a damnable religious system to go with it… once this has been accomplished he goes on a hellish crusade to lead others to the pit.

The system that the heretic creates is the philosophical net to ensnare the undiscerning masses. It’s all about power with false religion and it’s goal is to universally prevent humanity from seeing the light of the truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

My answer… 

Let it run it’s course because religion is man-made unless it is true religion from God. False religion is Satanic deception and will lead you to hell – you shouldn’t have faith in a lie or anything that contains a lie. Once you have despaired of the futility of man’s falsehood turn to your Creator who is infinite and ask for Him to reveal the Savior Jesus Christ to you. Have your sins washed away by the blood He shed for you and develop a relationship with Him.

If Adam & Eve listened to God about the fruit where would be?

Question: “What would’ve happened if Eve and Adam listened to God about the fruit?” – Uriah Moss

Pretext: The bible teaches that God foreordained that Jesus Christ would come to earth to die for sin from the foundation of the world. This is hard for people to understand but God ordained the Fall of Mankind – He knew the result of the test when he commanded Adam. He knew that they would fail and He intentionally put Adam and Eve in the garden with the tempter knowing exactly what would happen… does this make God unjust? No, because He purposed to use these results to effect His Glory.

My Answer…

Understand – If God knew that Adam & Eve wouldn’t have eaten the fruit God wouldn’t have even put the tree in the garden to begin with. God foreknew the result of that test and ordained the fall of mankind so as to bring Jesus Christ into the world as Savior. An eternity with Jesus Christ as Savior brings God more glory than eternity without Jesus Christ as Savior. So when you want to understand why God did it the way He did with the fall of man, that is why. The fall was part of God’s eternal plan. When God created man he gave him the capacity to sin and knew that he would do so… and He knew how He would remedy the situation.

How can we save our souls?

Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous

Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…

My Answer…

First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.

Why Doesn’t God Punish Evil Instantly?

O. Elishiba asks:

“Why doesn’t God give instant punishment for committing a sin? One man made my family cry a lot, he deceived me and almost killed them with emotional pain. Don’t you think that same day his car should have crashed or he should have perished. Today after many years he is extreme evil, wealthy, cruel, prosperous, has happy family, while we are still in pain.”

My answer…

The bible teaches that God is long-suffering and it is not his will that any should perish. Think about it, as bad as this person is would you want them to end up in hell for eternity? Also think about how you were when you were lost – had God given you justice at that point in your life you would have perished on the spot. The bible instructs you to forgive and pray for that person’s salvation. If you have a problem with that ask God to give you supernatural grace. Point is God is patient, forbearing and long-suffering with sinners…

Will You Take Part in the First Resurrection?

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“…and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years […] This is the first resurrection.” – Rev. 20:4

I like Dennis Murray, truly I do. It pains me to have to speak out against his ministry and it’s error. I feel bad for him because of what his father taught him. I pray that he repents for his part in this madness.

Recently he reiterated a Chapel teaching that only the 144,000 partake of the first resurrection – the rest receive a second shot at salvation in the millennium only this time it is salvation by works that saves them.

TRUTH… ALL true Christians partake in the first resurrection and that there will be NO SECOND CHANCES IN THE MILLENNIUM FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THE MARK! Nor will their be a second chance for anyone after this life:

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” – Hebrew 9:27

You see, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and the blood He shed for the remission of your sins, YOU ARE ELECT. These are they that partake of the first resurrection.

The Chapel likes to define the elect as an exclusive group distinct from the body of Christ who earned their salvation and RIGHT to be the elect at the Katabole. This is insane, I lament the people caught up in it.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4

Here John is seeing a vision of saints and martyrs who died or and/or overcame under the persecutions of the pagan Roman empire but the application is broader and points to the whole church age.

There are a vast multitude of saints who resist the beast’s mark and image, many to the point of martyrdom and overcome during the church era – these saints reign with Christ NOW AND THERE ARE MANY MORE THAN 144,000! Jesus Christ is ruling the nations with a rod of iron right now, the millennium is going on right now.

In fact, the group of saints that are referred to in the book of Revelation as the “144,000” can be taken to be a symbolic represensation of the church.

Coincidentally, the Chapel affirms that the elect cannot be harmed during the tribulation of antichrist (which he shortens to 2.5 months). DO YOU SEE THE INCONSISTENCY?  One the one hand he is saying on the 144,000 partake in the first resurrection, then he is saying they will not be harmed in the least during the tribulation. BUT JOHN SAYS I SAW THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO WERE BEHEADED.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands […] And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” – Revelation 7

Friend, these partook of the first resurrection… a vast multitude. And they were so much more than simply the Anglo-Isrealite elite with gnostic knowledge (most of those will wind up receiving the mark, being slain in the judgment and going directly to hell).

If you are caught up in the false teachings I plead with you to turn from them and turn to Jesus Christ…

Roy “Thunderbolt” Testimony of Christ Strikes Deception!

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The witnesses against this cult are beginning to stream out of the woodwork. Roy “Thunderbolt” Tornabene on 01.27.16 is the latest Christian to give a testimony of Jesus Christ’s deliverance and he strikes out against some of the more deadly teachings of the Chapel like the Serpent Seed…

Hopefully Roy will come on the broadcast and we can really unpack some of his insights and help others get free…

What Happens to People Who Never Heard the Gospel?

How are people who never hear the gospel saved?
How are people who never hear the gospel saved?

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14

The Lord Jesus Christ saved me over 12 years ago. During that time I’ve wrestled with many biblical difficulties but I’ve encountered one over and over…

What happens to people, say someone who died in a remote jungle from an unknown tribe long ago? Or someone who never got the proper opportunity to respond to Christ as you or I would…

God is merciful and we can be assured that in His justice he will never just arbitrarily condemn someone for what they never knew as scoffers suggest. That being said, I always remind people of this, regardless of who has or hasn’t heard the gospel – absolutely no one will find admittance into heaven apart from their sins being remitted through Christ’s sacrifice.

This is to instantly kill the new age notion that there alternate paths of salvation. And keep in mind that those who hear the good news and reject it will be judged more severely than those who have never heard.

But on what basis would God graciously forgive sinners? For us who have heard the gospel we received that saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

It would also seem that God due to Christ’s sacrifice could grant forgiveness and saving grace to someone who never had the opportunity to receive the gospel as you or I. An aborted child, a young person who dies without knowledge of the gospel, someone who is mentally handicapped… there are many good examples. These all receive saving grace but not on the basis of their goodness or innocence.

The Shepherd’s Chapel and others resolve this problem by appealing to Christ’s activity while in the grave (for those before the cross) or to another opportunity to get things right in the millennium. Both of these have serious problems.

A second chance millennium is not required and to teach people that this is how God resolves this conundrum is dangerous. It implies that what is done in this life is of little or no consequence.

I have stated in a previous post that those who take the mark of the beast will be slain in the judgments that attend the return of Christ.  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you will partake of the resurrection at that time.

Many passages in the NT inform us that the “elect” are fixed group whom God knows from the beginning and has predetermined. If that is the case (and I believe it is) then the problem is quickly resolved for us at least – but I’m sure the unconvinced will need a better explanation as to how God saves those who haven’t heard.

Suppose one of these “elect” never heard the gospel? God could still grant salvation on the basis of what Christ has done… maybe God comes to these people at the time of death and reveals himself personally? Maybe on Judgment Day He simply sees their name in book and that’s that? Who knows.

That having been said, I believe God will move heaven and earth to give the elect an opportunity to know the truth. However, the problem today is hyper-saturation of the gospel. People have had MANY opportunities to accept the gospel and to at least seek it out. These people are not ignorant as Murray would have us believe – according to him these poor deceived souls who reject Christ will receive a chance in the millennium after Antichrist deceives them.

The Chapel underestimates the rebellion and wickedness of man.

Also, think of the innocent, I like to use the example of David’s child who died. David was assured the child would be in heaven? On what basis? The child didn’t deserve salvation by virtue of his innocence. The child was granted admittance into heaven on the basis of Christ sacrifice. God graciously applied Christ’s righteousness to the child’s account.

I would see this to be the case with all of the “elect” who have not had the opportunity to receive the gospel in the sense that you and I have.

Regarding the “non-elect” who didn’t hear the gospel in their natural life… I pity them, I really do – their wickedness will condemn them and God will be just in doing so…