~~ The Detour ~~
How many ways are there to get to God? How many Saviors do we have? How many true Churches are there? Is this Church the body of Christ? If so, how does not become part of this one true Church? How many ways are there into this one body of Christ?
Scripture gives us only one way to become a member of this one true Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the one true Church. Jesus Christ is the one and only way we may come into this body. But how does this apply to our lives? That is the big question which needs to be answered. Any other way is a detour.
Now a natural detour usually bring one back to the desired place; but a detour which is ‘supposed’ to lead to the body of Christ leads to destruction. There is nothing at the end of the spiritual detour, except the lake of fire. So why would you decide to take this detour?
God said there is only one way to Him. Jesus said, strait and narrow is the WAY which leads to life, and FEW there be that find it. He said wide is the way which leads to destruction and many there be that enter this way. So then, why is it that few find this way which leads to eternal LIFE?
It is because they listen to false teachers, do not study the Word of God for themselves, and allow false doctrine to blind them and their own pride prevents them from humbling themselves to come to God His chosen way.
So what is God’s one and only chosen path to eternal life?
Acts 2: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come , they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting . 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .
Now the above shows us the very beginning of the one and only true Church of God. They were baptized into the body of Christ right here and any others who will be in this true Church will have to come in the very same way. There is no other way given.
Acts 2: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do ?
38 Then Peter said unto them, 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. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off , even as many as the Lord our God shall call .
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort , saying , Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized : and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Now the above is the message which Peter preached, showing the people how to be saved. Some deceivers will say this is just for the Jews. But we now know that Jesus joined both Jews and Gentiles into ONE BODY, the new man, The Church of God, thus making peace. It will never be divided again.
So how did the Gentiles become members of this body of Christ?
Acts 10: 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished , as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized , which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
So, we see that the Gentiles were brought into the body of Christ EXACTLY the same way the Jews had been. There is no difference in anyone since the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are all ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.
Did Paul agree with this method of salvation? Of course he did:
Acts 19: And it came to pass , that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them , Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto him , We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized ? And they said , Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is , on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied . 7 And all the men were about twelve.
So here we have proof that Paul taught exactly the same thing which Peter and the rest of that early church believed and lived by. Now this is the very SAME Paul which said, believe on the Lord Jesus and confess with your mouth, and you SHALL BE saved. Then IF this is a total and complete plan of salvation, and ALL THAT IS NEEDED, why did this same Paul ask those disciples of John, have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE you believed?
Why didn’t Paul then say, as many false teachers do today, if you believed, you are already saved? Paul knew his own conversion had included WATER BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.
Acts 22: 12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood , and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight . And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said , The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard .
16 And now why tarriest thou ? arise , and be baptized , and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
So here we see another devout man of God, Ananias, telling Paul to arise and BE BAPTIZED and WASH AWAY THY SINS, calling on the name of the Lord. He was baptized in the name of the Lord, for the REMISSION OF SINS.
So then, why would this same Paul later say, all you need to do is just believe and confess with your mouth? Is this what Paul really said? NO! It is a total distortion of the Word of God. Paul said, you SHALL BE saved. Shall be is still future tense, something you are leading up to. Every time being saved is mentioned, it is in this FUTURE TENSE.
Believing is only a starting place and very necessary; BUT it is not the means of salvation. All of the above is the chosen plan of Salvation and there is no other way taught in the word of God.
So, why is it that today about all one hears is: just believe and accept the Lord into your heart, and you have heaven made, no matter how much you sin later? Why is this the main teaching today? It is a total DETOUR from the method taught by the Apostles of God.
Can they give you one verse which says, accept the Lord into your heart and you are saved? I know of none. Will this DETOUR lead you to salvation? Not for one minute. This wide road leads to hell fire. It is not God’s chosen plan of salvation. The devils also believe in one God and tremble. Does this save them? Certainly not. They are still wicked. So why do the false teachers today, say we are saved, but we are all still sinners? Is this taught in God’s word? Not for a minute. It is a total DETOUR from God’s route to the body of Christ, or heaven.
Where does God’s word say, after you saved, you are still a sinner? I know of no such Scripture. Where does it say, you will or must still sin? Didn’t Jesus and his apostles always say, GO AND SIN NO MORE? Why is this message dropped and this other, STILL SIN, message picked up? It is a Detour from the Christian life, taught in Scripture. Will it lead to eternal life? No. It is a detour which leads to the second death.
Paul said, by one Spirit are we all baptized into the Body of Christ. So then this is the same baptism which Peter taught in Acts 2. It is the same experience which the 120 original members of this Christ received on the Day of Pentecost. There is no other taught in the Word of God. Anything else is a detour leading to destruction.
What is the foundation of building the right Church?
Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying , Whom do men say that I the Son of man am ? 14 And they said , Some say that thou art John the Baptist : some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am ?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said , Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou , Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 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.
God gave Peter this revelation, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son OF the Living God. Then Jesus shows that he KNOWS Peter. Upon this ROCK I will build my Church. What is this ROCK? It is the true revelation of who Christ is; you KNOWING him and he knowing you.
So what is this KNOWING?
ADAM knew his wife, Eve, and she CONCEIVED and bear children.
This ‘knowing’ shows a relationship, which brings forth children. We all know what this means; the father places a Seed into the Mother, and after she conceives, she bears a son. This is quite simple, if you know the truth. We must all bear a son of God. We must all be a ‘woman with child’ of the Holy Ghost, to become a member of the Christ Church.
Jesus must KNOW us by putting his Holy Seed, the Holy Ghost/word of God, into us. Then we conceive and bear him a son, the resurrected born-again Child of God, which we bore from our union with Jesus Christ.
So when the false teachers say, all you need do is say you believe, ask forgiveness of sins, go on sinning, confess with your mouth, and you have it. NO more is needed. You are headed to eternal life. You already have eternal life and cannot lose it, so go on sinning, for you are still a sinner. Jesus did not cleanse you from all sin, for he cannot. Hear that? Where did it come from? Mouth of God or mouth of Satan? It is the devil’s message. It will not get you eternal life, for God did not choose this lying doctrine for your salvation. It is a detour.
So now, let’s look at this from the natural. This is what God laid on my heart today, to write in this message:
A young couple are in love. They get married, but know nothing about how to procreate. So they ask someone, how do you have a child. Someone tells them, just accept each other into you heart and you will have that child. No need for anything else. Just love each other, hug each other good night and a child will be yours. So they rock on for years, loving each other in the heart, hugging each other at night. Finally someone says, why don’t you have children? They say, we have a child. Well, then where is your child. They hold out empty arms, and say, here is my child.
Yes, people this is what your false teachers have given you, empty arms, spiritually. They say, you are saved. You have heaven made. But do you? Where is your child? Where is the PROOF that you have a son of God, inside you? You have not the victory, no faith, no power as was evidenced by that early church, which let Jesus KNOW THEM.
They received his SPIRIT inside themselves, heard that ‘child’ of God, speaking in tongues, (crying new baby).
They also now manifest the same works that Jesus did, proving they have a son of God inside themselves. How did this happen? By receiving the Seed of God inside themselves, via the KNOWING experience of the baptism of the holy Ghost. Without this, you are none of his. You chose a DETOUR instead of the strait narrow way which God chose for you.
By: Jo Smith~~ Oct. 2, 2011