If we are to go by the number of Churches and ministers of the Gospel in our nation today, one should imagine that our righteousness would be touching the heavens, and our peace greater than great on the earth; but no, we are a nation topping the charts in corruption, indiscipline, unrighteousness, plus arrow attacks from darkness afflicting supposed children of God! Why? Too many false teachers teaching false teachings, false beliefs and false gospel, deadening the good consciences of true children of God. And their judgment comes fast from God (Ezekiel 13:10-14).
Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a THIEF AND A ROBBER. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:1,2,7). What is Christ saying here? He’s saying there is a door through which a true Shepherd must enter in to the sheepfold to get unto the sheep, never through another means; and that door is Christ Himself, the Truth personified. No lie and no deception.
When Jesus would begin His earthly ministry, and wanted to get unto the sheep He came through the door, the Truth – “From that time Jesus BEGAN to preach, and to say, REPENT: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). In another place He emphasized, “I came not to call the righteous, BUT SINNERS TO REPENTANCE (Luke 5:32).
The true Shepherd says “REPENT ye, and BELIEVE the gospel” (Mark 1:15), but the THIEF and the ROBBER say, ONLY BELIEVE (and played down on ‘REPENT’). That’s why we are where we are today as a nation.
WOULD OUR PASTORS WILL PREACH THE SAME THING
If all our pastors would preach the same thing, “REPENT ye, and believe the Gospel”, from church to church and there is no breaker of the chain of Truth, the sinner will find no hiding place but to surrender in repentance and belief in the truth of the Gospel. But today, our people migrate from church to church, not in search of the Truth, but in dodge of the Truth; because they will always find some pastor who would offer a second opinion to Truth – the satanic alternative. And our people perish in error and SELF-INFLICTED IGNORANCE, and go to roast in the fire of hell forever (Hosea 4:6). Is that right?
GRACE VERSUS WORK
The thing that the THIEVES and the ROBBERS are running away from is RESPONSIBILITY. They hate to take responsibility for their own lives and their Christian walk; and they teach other gullible souls to do same. Dear Child of God, resist them!
What is grace? Grace is God’s offer of forgiveness and salvation on the MERIT of His Son’s sacrifice on the cross. No man can obtain it in any other way apart from the basis of Christ’s work. It is free. Any right doing or display of religious benevolence by man outside of Christ will not male it because by default, all men are destined to perish, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23,24).
What will be the RESPONSIBILITY of man to QUALIFY for this grace that saves to the uttermost? Man must COME to receive it. You can’t sit where you are and just say ‘I believe’, you must arise and go to receive it. How? By praying, by forming a pact with God to henceforth be His friend through OBEDIENCE to His will for you as written in the Bible.
MANNER OF SALVATION IN CHRIST FORETOLD IN ISAIAH
Isaiah 55:1 foretells the manner of the call to salvation through Christ, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and HE THAT HATH NO MONEY; COME YE, BUY, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”. You may ask, how does one buy without money? You buy with your life. That’s right, your very existence. You will offer your life in surrender for the salvation that God offers you. It is free, but you must buy with your life. What does this translate into? Buying without money means you will abandon your old sinful life, denying it, and get it lost in a life of OBEDIENCE to the words of God. Your COMING is your believing the Gospel, your BUYING WITHOUT MONEY is surrendering your old and sinful way of life, putting it on the table of negotiation, to obtain the FREE salvation – full of wine and milk. That’s how it is. Therefore, don’t ever allow any THIEF and ROBBER steal the TRUTH from you, and don’t let them ROB you of your precious soul. If you have backslidden and gone into habitual sin, come quickly back to the Saviour, He will receive you, He says, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).
“And beside this, giving all diligence, ADD TO YOUR FAITH virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Peter 1:5-8).
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?” (James 2:19,20).
Power that wants to steal me, and kill me, and destroy me in hell, you will not succeed over me, die! In Jesus Name!
credit: Raphael Agboola Olanrewaju