Which option is the only way to go to Heaven?:
A) Faith in Christ’s full blood payment for your sins (death, burial, resurrection) + repent of your sins.
B) Faith in Christ’s full blood payment for your sins (death, burial, resurrection) + willing to repent of your sins.
C) Faith in Christ’s full blood payment for your sins (death, burial, resurrection) + feeling sorry for your sins.
D) Faith in Christ’s full blood payment for your sins (death, burial, resurrection) + repent of your sins + confessing Christ.
E) Faith in Christ’s full blood payment for your sins (death, burial, resurrection).
THE ANSWER IS: E
Faith through Christ's finished work + nothing.
It's a free gift. You can't earn it!
Q: I Believe The Good News! What Do I Do Now?
Get baptized (A one-time full immersion under water) in the name of Jesus Christ by another believer. Baptism doesn't save you, nor is it magical, nor will a believer go to hell if they're not baptized. It is just a sign to God and to the world that you are already born again by the spirit of God by simple child-like faith in the Good News of Jesus shedding His Blood for your sins. It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (a death to self and to this world, and a new resurrected life in Christ). Jesus commanded it, so you ought to do it.
Q: I Got Baptized! Now What Do I Do?
(See Video Below).:
Note: I do not necessarily endorse all other teachings from this video's creator.
NOTE: Everything you need to know as a Christian is in the Bible alone. Scripture interprets scripture. It's not of one man or another's interpretation. Do not go above "that which is written." - 1 Corinthians 4:6 "Let God be true, but every man a liar."-Romans 3:4
Q: Which Bible Translation Should I Use?
Here is a recommended English bible to purchase (1611 King James Version), which is assumed by many to be the most accurate translation from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek scriptures and tried-and-true over the centuries:
In addition to or alternatively, below is a link to "e-Sword," where you can download the Bible on your phone or computer for free (available for Mac, iOS, PC, & Android.) It has a suggested KJV+ option (which has Hebrew/Greek word definitions - see warnings about translations further below):
Thou, Thee, Thy, Thine, Ye, You, Your, and Yours are very important to read in the King James Bible; not because they sound "Holy," but because these words make a clear distinction between singular and plural pronouns, which may not always be clear in "modern" English Bibles:
Many Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words can have several meanings. Who is to say which one is correct in translating (especially if the translator has a denominational bias)? One can use Strong's Hebrew & Greek Lexicon and "translate" John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.") as something like this: "Because the supreme divinity after that loved her decoration, therefore to give her only born foal, lest as many as commit to expressing motion, she without dying, would indeed tremble eternal life." Of course the latter, as an example, is a bad translation. The committee of scholars who translated the King James Bible are arguably unmatched throughout English Bible translation history in their education.
"STUDY to show yourself approved." - 2 Timothy 2:15 (In the KJV, but the word "study" is missing from every other bible translation).
Here's an example of the King James Bible vs. other English translations (Remember: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS):
1 Corinthians 1:18 is translated in the King James as:
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who ARE SAVED it is the power of God."
In several other translations, this same verse is translated as:
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ARE BEING SAVED it is the power of God."
The KJV implies a done deal by faith in Jesus' full payment for our sins on the cross (you ARE saved), while most other translations seem to imply an ongoing progressive process (you are BEING saved: not quite saved yet, in the process of happening, will get there someday if I work hard enough...if my good actions outweigh my bad actions... if I stop sinning enough... maybe..., etc.), which in many cases leads to a works based or legalistic portrayal of salvation and denies 1 John 5:13: "...that YE MAY KNOW that ye have eternal life" (not that you may be unsure of if you have eternal life or not).
It makes no sense to translate the Greek word: "σῳζομένοις" (dative form: "to" - "to those who are saved") in 1 Corinthians 1:18 as "being saved" when the same Greek word in Revelation 21:24: "σωζόμενων" (genitive form: "of" - "of them which are saved" - found in the Textus Receptus / KJV, but interestingly enough is missing from almost every other bible translation) is properly translated as "are saved." People are not "being saved" in Revelation 21:24 (they "are saved") because this is after the millennium, after the great white throne judgment, after death has been eliminated, in the new heaven and new earth, and the theory of "progressive salvation" of course wouldn't make any sense at this point in history.
Why you can trust the King James translation of the Bible:
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There are about 5,262 Greek manuscripts in existence today. Of these, about 5,217 manuscripts support the Textus Receptus (the Greek text of which the King James Bible was translated from), but only a mere 45 manuscripts support Westcott & Hort's Greek New Testament (the Greek text underlying most translations today), which means of all the manuscripts available, 99% support the Textus Receptus, but only 1% support the Westcott & Hort texts. It is also arguable that based on their writings, Westcott & Hort might have not been Christians.
The King James translation was also hundreds of years before occultism became more prevalent in the English speaking world in the 1800's (most bibles today rely on the English "Revised Version" translation of 1881). THE KJV and/or its preceding text base happened before all the mainline denominations of "Christianity" came into existence with all their different doctrines and biases. Also the KJV came way before the numerous political and ideological biases we have in today's culture.
While I believe the King James Version is the most accurate English translation of the Bible we have today, the copies of the scriptures from the Received Text base (Textus Receptus) that were passed down from Antioch through the centuries before 1611 were still the word of God. The Bible didn't just appear in 1611. I am also not saying other translations of the Bible can't be accurate to whatever extent, or even helpful, but they can often lead to confusion and/or error, and for these reasons, I find overall the 1611 KJV to be the most trustworthy and my final authority with regards to scripture.
The King James 2000 and Berean Study Bible are references I use for modern English, but I believe that the detail and translated verses pertaining to salvation are most accurate in the KJV.
If confused about a word in the King James Bible, I suggest you look it up in Noah Webster's "American Dictionary Of The English Language" (1828) below:
*Studying the Bible WORD FOR WORD, VERSE BY VERSE, is KEY!* The devil, demons, unbelievers (and even believers sometimes) can easily take verses out of context and make you stumble, either by accident or on purpose.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that CONTEXT for everything in the Bible is key, and there are MANY false gospels and deceptions out there, so let the Holy Spirit reveal the scriptures to you so that you can apply them to your own life, when applicable, according to context, in order to grow as a believer and earn eternal rewards in heaven (NOT to earn or keep your salvation; that is a done deal by faith alone in Jesus' payment for your sins; hence the gospel, which means "Good News"). While no Christian is always right about everything (we're just imperfect humans saved by God's free gift of salvation), cherry-picking verses out of context and tolerating false doctrine is dangerous. Don't get down on yourself if you don't understand everything in the Bible. God understands everything, but people are at different places in their spiritual walk. Our eyes are not on imperfect man, but on the perfect Lord Jesus Christ. Just read the scriptures and grow on the milk of the word into a mature man. Be grateful for whatever God does reveal to you and whatever you don't understand, you can pray for revelation and if God reveals it to you, He reveals it to you.
I recommend to begin studies in the New Testament starting with the book of Romans through Revelation, then Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts (understanding now the free gift of salvation in Jesus and your new identity in Christ and learning and following the words and commandments of Jesus Himself), then the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi (again understanding the new covenant you are under by faith in the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ, as to not get confused with the old covenant under the Law Of Moses, etc.).
*Always go back to the Bible and study it for yourself. Don't fully rely on anyone, teachers or otherwise, as your final authority. No matter how gifted anyone is, we can easily have blind spots, which is why we need the true body of believers to edify each other through the word of God; iron sharpens iron. - Proverbs 27:17.*
Q: What Kind Of Church Should I Go To?
Much of what people consider as "Christianity" today are vain traditions of man and stale religion which "quench the spirit," and are not biblical. "The way the institutional church gathers all over the world came from Britain and was derived from Germany with Luther and Switzerland with Calvin. It’s extremely non-organic, but artificial..."
Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – 215) was the first person to phrase "Go to church," which would have been a foreign thought to early New Testament believers. You can't go to something you are. Ekklesia is a gathering of people, not a building. Believers themselves are the church. Until about 300, we know of no buildings called "churches."
Clement of Alexandria is known for his attempt to unite Greek philosophy with Christian teachings and drew a large number of educated pagans to the Church. His passion for philosophy, especially for the teachings of Plato, contributed to the "hellenization" of Christianity. (New World Encyclopedia)
While the function of the church is to edify, teach, disciple, and admonish, I believe the only way this happens for real (or more than minimal) is with God's design for the church; which is "one-another-ing," not man's traditions of German and Swiss re-workings of Ancient Greek orator/audience non-participation speeches behind a podium for information retention (i.e. sermons) that stimulate the frontal lobe (i.e. Plato) perhaps producing temporary emotions in the soul (mind, will, emotions), but often fade after the "church service" is over, leaving the spirit mostly unedified. For unbelievers and baby Christians, ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth or at least practicing it.
Christians do not grow much from listening to a sermon week after week. "Church" is where each Christian should have something to contribute (i.e. exhortations, encouragements, teachings, writing new songs, etc.). The gathering of believers might look more like a face-to-face circleish or rectanglish or whateverish shape gathering, rather than head-to-head auditorium style seating with the main focus on stage (I know a bit about producing theatrical presentations).
-“Bishops” are simply guardians (episkopoi), not high-church officials.
-“Pastors” are caretakers (poimen), not professional pulpiteers.
-“Ministers” are table-waiters (diakonos), not clergymen.
-“Elders” are wise old men (presbuteros), not ecclesiastical officers.
To put the "shocking" and "blasphemous" deception of the pagan "Church System" in perspective, here's a tentative guesstimate of today's population on their way to Eternal Destruction:
Muslims - 1.6 Billion
Catholics - 1.3 Billion (except the % that truly believe fully in faith alone by Jesus' full sacrifice alone; Not official "church doctrines.")
Hindus - 1.16 Billion
Islam - 1.9 Billion
Protestants - 900 Million (except the % that truly believe fully in faith alone by Jesus' full sacrifice alone; Not "Lordship Salvation")
Buddhists - 506 Million
Chinese Religions - 394 Million
Ethnic Religions - 300 Million
African Religions - 300 Million
Christian Orthodoxy - 260 Million (except the % that truly believe fully in faith alone by Jesus' full sacrifice alone; Not official "church doctrines.")
Other Christianity - 28 Million (except the % that truly believe fully in faith alone by Jesus' full sacrifice alone; Not "Lordship Salvation")
Sikhism - 26 Million
Spiritism - 15 Million
Jews - 14.7 Million
Baha'i - 5 Million
Jainism - 4.2 Million
Shinto - 4 Million
Cao Dai - 4 Million
Zoroastrianism - 2.6 Million
Tenrikyo - 2 Million
Animism - 1.9 Million
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist - 1.19 Billion
Neo-Paganism - 1 Million
Unitarian Universalism - 0.8 Million
Rastafari - 0.6 Million
(And anyone regardless of anything else who truly believe fully in faith alone by Jesus' full sacrifice alone).
"..faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"
If only they would simply hear the good news of the gift of God and believe!
What I recommend is what some call an "Organic Church."
Organic churches have the following characteristics:
There is no clergy or pastor over the church.
Decisions are made by consensus by the whole body.
The church may meet in homes or it may meet in other spaces like club houses, rented spaces, hotel rooms, etc. But there is no sacred space or “religious” building.
The church will not be governed by rituals and religious traditions that contradict its organic nature. Therefore, a pure organic church in America will look very different from a pure organic church in Africa and a pure organic church in Japan. The test is whether or not the people in the native country feel at home or not.
Every member in the church functions and seeks to do so under the leadership of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
The church experiences close-knit community outside of its regular gatherings. They live as family or an extended household.
The church is centered completely on Christ and nothing else.
The church may receive help from extra local people who equip and encourage it as well as help it through difficult times (someone in a Paul-like role).
Many house churches, home churches, and simple churches (and even groups that use the term “organic church”) do not have these characteristics. So calling them “organic” is a misnomer.
Some use the term “organic church” to mean a group of Christians (a “church”) that has a simple structure and that gathers in a home. The problem with this idea is that home groups that have a pastor over them and operate just like a traditional church or a Bible study are not organic.
Organic expressions of the church are NOT the same as a “house church” or “simple church.” - OrganicChurch.com
Here is a good read called "Pagan Christianity" (CLICK HERE)
"Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church―to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role―you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again."
Inside or outside, the location makes no difference, neither does meeting together on Saturday or Sunday give you any more benefit than meeting on Monday or Thursday or any other days or times of the week. Here's a tip: Ask any prospective church/gathering/body of believers one question before you meet: "How do you get to heaven?" If they answer with a false gospel which many today do - i.e. not relying 100% on the blood Jesus shed on the cross ALONE to cleanse us from all sin past, present, and future in his death, burial, and resurrection; sprinkling the blood on the mercy seat in heaven on our behalf so God's wrath against us is fully satisfied and we are fully justified in His sight by faith alone; so He remembers our sins no more (and only what we do for Jesus will remain), I would suggest you correct them with the real gospel and find another gathering of believers that hold to the true way of salvation by faith alone. If they don't know the gospel, what are they doing wasting their time and efforts? Some might say: "Oh, no that's what we believe." But they're deceiving themselves because the entirety of the words that come out of their mouth contradict and prove otherwise. They are not REALLY "entering the rest" of Christ's finished work on the cross by faith alone - or they have been born again spiritually but are unfortunately deceived at the present moment in their soul (mind, will, emotions) by false doctrine. Either way, I suggest you move on elsewhere if they don't repent and believe the true gospel of salvation.
*The Independent Fundamental Baptist Church seems on paper like the best "denomination" (though they deny they are a denomination), but while their doctrine may be correct in many cases, there seems to be a huge suffocating religious spirit that may quench the Holy Spirit.*
*You need correct doctrine AND the Holy Spirit.*
And not the "fake" Holy Spirit that may come with signs and wonders, but the spirit you have by faith alone in Christ alone. The spiritual man needs to be edified and built up with other believers.
Something to note about William Tyndale (who gave his life to help give us the bible in English) and wrote things that seem to imply salvation by works or that one can lose their salvation:
"Tyndale’s covenant theology is linked to the Swiss Reformers or Calvin. The Reformers taught that a person was saved by grace or justified alone through faith in Christ. And in general they believed in eternal security. But their problem was that they followed the Reformation Theology, which like today (Presbyterian and Reformed Churches), breeds confusion regarding salvation by grace and eternal security. They overemphasized works and “perseverance of the saints” (the saints persevering in good works throughout their life to prove their salvation was genuine). If somebody did not continue to persevere in their Christian life, then their conclusion was that they were never saved in the first place. This is why we read confusing statements by these guys (like Tyndale). Today the same teaching is disguised in the words of “Lordship Salvation.” They teach a person’s faith in Christ must be accompanied by works to be genuine. The question is how many good works, how much must one persevere to be sure of his salvation? Reformed teaching blurs the distinction between grace and works and none of the reformers could dogmatically confirm a person could know for sure they were saved. It just depended on their perseverance in good works. Hence, you read some of their confusing statements... How comforting is it to know that you can only be saved by grace but not know for sure you are saved by grace if you don’t persevere enough in good works? What percentage of good works must you persevere to be sure? Instead of looking to Christ alone for the confirmation and security of their salvation, they look to “works” as the transforming evidence of their salvation. The result is that they cannot know for sure they are saved by grace alone unless they keep persevering. Like the early Puritan writers who embraced Reformation Theology, they will conclude that they believe in salvation by grace and eternal security but sadly you cannot know absolutely for sure that you are saved by grace and eternally secure without the confirming signs of good works. This being true, you cannot be absolutely sure you can be saved and secure since you may in the end be an apostate.
Of course, faith alone in Christ alone without works is the biblical view of salvation and security (John 6:47). We look to our faith in Christ as the sole condition of our salvation and security (1 John 5:11-12). These guys have muddied the waters by their dogged insistence that justifying faith and works are mixed together to prove that it is genuine. Of course, the Bible does teach that there will be a certain amount of transformation or change in a person’s life when they are saved or else they are still the devil’s children (1 John 3:8,10). But this does not necessitate that works must be mixed with one’s faith in Christ to bring assurance to their hearts.
The Bible teaches the importance of mentoring (2 Timothy 2:2) and the local church pastor/teachers (Eph. 4:18) are given special gifts to communicate God’s Word so we can learn more of the Scriptures (Eph. 4:11). Of course, this does not neglect personal Bible study and dependence upon the Spirit’s teaching ministry in our daily living (2 Timothy 2:15). However, anybody who diminishes the local church ministry is off track from a biblical perspective. Preaching (2 Tim. 4:2), sending our missionaries, and spiritual growth were part of the New Testament local churches, as well as singing (Col. 3:16)... (Steer away) from denominationalism and the corruptness that is associated with it. The key is to remain “independent” and separate from the system of ecumenicalism and denominationalism which houses corrupt doctrines and practices." - KS
Examples of some common false doctrines:
- Believe AND repent of your sins to be saved...
(You only need to believe that Jesus died for your sins, and was buried and rose again, relying on the blood Jesus shed on your behalf alone to get you to heaven. Repentance in the sense of getting to heaven is turning from unbelief to belief).
- Repent of your sins to be saved...
(You don't repent of your sins to get saved nor can you repent of your sins enough to the standard of Jesus, which is the only standard God will accept; thus you must trust in Jesus' finished work ALONE once for all for your salvation and look at the "difficult" or seemingly "contradictory" verses (which are not really contradictory) in context).
- Get baptized to be saved, go to church to be saved, give money to be saved, etc...
(Many false doctrines out there. People can be tossed by the wind and spout ridiculous nonsense and say the word Jesus with it. Though be careful not to say something is not of the Holy Spirit, lest it might be, two words: 45,000 denominations. Yet scripture is not of "private interpretation." Need one say more?)
- All religions and/or beliefs are the same, or get you "to heaven," or are each person's own "journey," or something else denying Jesus as the only way.
(Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. All religion is demonic. If you don't trust that Jesus paid the full payment for your sins, you will go to hell with no exceptions. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6).
Examples of false religions: ALL OF THEM including Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Calvinism, Arminianism, Islam, Hinduism, Atheism, Buddhism, Folk Religions, Sikhism, Scientology, New Age, Pantheism, Transhumanism, Transgenderism, Humanism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Gnosticism, Christ-consciousness, Esotericism, Judaism after the death of Jesus when the temple veil was torn in two (circa AD 33), the other apparent 45,000 different denominations of Christianity (or so-called), Ecumenicalism, and every other religion or spiritual form or technique to gain "enlightenment," hidden wisdom, prosperity, self-esteem, self-glorification, love of the world, or glorifying man's achievements, etc.
NOTE: Jesus, who was born of a virgin woman, who came in the flesh, who walked the earth about 2,000 or so years ago, who died for our sins by shedding His perfect blood on our behalf, who was buried, and then rose again to life, is the ONLY way to heaven. And the gospel is what Jesus did for you + Nothing. EVERYBODY that's ever been born can be saved from hell (the penalty of sin) if they believe the good news. Whether you are "worse" than Hitler or "better" than the world's greatest philanthropist, it makes no difference at all to God. ALL have sinned, ALL come short of the Holiness of God; ALL deserve eternity in hell. ALL can receive his forgiveness by faith alone in the blood He shed for ALL sins: past, present, and future.
If anybody says you are saved by any other way than by what Jesus did by paying 100% for your sins, it is a false gospel. You can't earn your way to heaven or pay for your sins yourself (no matter how many verses one takes out of context). One sin sends you to hell, so it is impossible for your "good" action(s) to outweigh your bad actions because one sin against a Holy eternal God deserves eternal judgment because God is eternal and righteous and perfect and by default must judge any and all evil in the universe, no matter where it comes from. Thank God that even though He must judge sin because He is a perfectly fair judge, He has also created a way out of punishment by punishing Jesus with all of your sins instead of punishing you, because He loves you, and doesn't want you to go to hell, even though you should because you've sinned and broken God's Holy and perfect law.
But you can only accept this free gift by believing it before you die, otherwise you won't be able to enter heaven. It is a FREE GIFT you cannot earn, maintain or work for or towards in any sense; you accept it by faith alone in what Christ did for you alone. But God doesn't force you to accept the gift. You must choose to accept it by believing it. Step out in faith believing the good news, even if you don't "feel" like you believe it. Don't go by your feelings. "We walk by faith, NOT by sight" (feelings, emotions, opinions, experiences); no matter how "great" or even "Christian" that sight may appear, seem, or feel. Many powerful spiritual deceptions exist even in the name of Jesus, but only ONE true way and that is the NARROW way through Jesus ALONE. HE is the door, none else; and HIS payment for our sins ALONE "gets us through the door" to eternal life with God. He's the one that's perfect, not you and we enter through Him by faith.
You didn't "give your life to Jesus" (to be saved) as some say. Rather, Jesus gave HIS life for YOU. Know that if you believe, your sins are forgiven and that you are a new creation in Christ. If you are indeed a new creation in Christ by simple child-like faith in the good news alone, then renew your mind to learn your new identity in Christ and act accordingly while in this body. So-called "Giving your life to Christ" (repenting of sin/pursuing holiness) happens AFTER you are saved and is a life-long process some call "sanctification." I believe believers can loose rewards in heaven based on what they do here, but I do not believe a believer can "loose" their salvation once they are born again into eternity. The Holy Spirit doesn't just float in and out of you so to speak every time you sin (though it does grieve the Holy Spirit inside you when you sin). When you think about it and look at verses word for word in context, this doctrine that teaches you can loose your salvation makes no sense and void God's promises. You can't be born and then unborn, then born again and again as some seem to imply. God is not wishy washy. You are born again the moment you truly believe the gospel like a second conception; in an instant; and will be transformed in an instant when you finally see Jesus as He is. Stand on HIS promises that He is faithful (even when you're not). HE saved you - you didn't save yourself. If you didn't do anything to earn your salvation, how can you do anything to loose it?
All your sin is forgiven when it was nailed to the cross of Christ, so we should try to reflect that in our everyday lives to glorify God and earn rewards in Heaven by putting sin to death while we're here on the earth. This includes not having fellowship with proclaimed Christians who sin unrepentantly (without remorse), so that our prospective rewards won't be lost and we can glorify God to the world.
The other good news is that God will give believers an incorruptible body that can't sin after we leave this one. While in this body, be sober-minded, scripture-minded, not lofty minded being tossed like the wind by man's philosophies, politics, media, achievements, "swelling words" that seem noble, but are hollow of any saving, edifying or eternal truth, and any various forms of extra-biblical or biblical-interpretive "teaching," "modality," or "feeling;" which is a crafty deception from the devil and demons at work.
Our sins are forgiven if we receive it by faith alone. Everything else will be burned up unless it's built on Christ. Let's "live with eyes for eternity." - Stephen Armstrong
What may we be rewarded for?:
- Evangelism (Soul-Winning)
- Self-Discipline (Do Right & Abstain From Wrong)
- Endure Through Trials
- Feed The Flock (i.e. Edification: Preaching & Teaching)
- Look Forward To Jesus' Return
- Men should have short hair and women should have long hair.
- Nakedness is shameful except in front of one's spouse.
- Men and Women should probably wear clothes that are at least knee length and not revealing, flashy, or trying to draw attention to oneself.
- Not to be dogmatic, but as a guideline: pants are mentioned as Men's garments several times in the bible (Jesus didn't wear a tunic or toga as sometimes portrayed) and skirts and dresses are women's dress.
-Gender identity should be preserved by clothing:
There are obviously only 2 Genders: Male & Female. Intersex is an extrenely rare birth defect due to the corruption of the fall of Adam & Eve, just like some people are born conjoined or with extra limbs; these are all obvious birth defects. Even in these extremely rare cases, hermaphrodites in past times would grow up to be a very obvious man or woman, but today an ultrasound, blood test, chromosome analysis, and/or surgery can find out the baby’s true gender. There is also no gay gene and it in sinful for a man to be effeminte or a woman to be masculine. Confusion of identity is a spiritual issue aggravated by demons in the spiritual realm who attack the mind in secret and can convince someone of things that are not true, especially early on. This is part of satan's evil system and an effort to destroy the nuclear family, which is the building block of the community of believers and civilization itself.
Gluttony is a sin. Mis-treating the body is a sin.
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The Following Is My Opinion:
There is an extremely bad health epidemic in this world, which is from satan and part of his world system.
Being fat is not healthy. Inches don't lie, but egos and visual perceptions can. Certain medical experts agree that for optimal health, the waistline should be no more than half the height (Example: If one is 5'10" (70 inches), the waistline should be smaller than 35 inches (1/2 of 70 inches). Waistline may not be the only key to great health, but it may be a major indicator of bad health. If the waistline is more than half the height, one may want to consider eating less calories than they burn off per day until a healthy waistline is reached. Below is a Calorie Calculator to figure out how many calories you need to eat to loose or maintain weight:
"Intermittent Fasting" within a 1 to 6 hour eating window (for example 3-4PM or 12-6PM) may also promote autophagy (removing things the body doesn't need anymore), which may cut the risk of dementia, cancer, and other diseases. Caffeine in the morning may help with satiety. GHRELIN is what keeps people hungry. To conquer GHRELIN, the stomach must be filled or full. This means eating high density low calorie foods such as vegetables and fruits can help lower the amount of calories consumed for weight loss:
Here's an example of some arguably healthy options: ORGANIC GRASS-FED / GRASS-FINISHED RED MEAT, ORGANIC OTHER MEAT, WILD CAUGHT SEAFOOD, ORGANIC GRASS-FED BUTTER (or Ghee), ORGANIC GRASS-FED ORGAN MEATS (Liver, etc.), ORGANIC BACON (Sugar-Free, No Nitrates, Never Fed Animal By-Products), ORGANIC GRASS-FED DAIRY, ORGANIC PASTURE-RAISED EGGS, HIMALAYAN SALT, FILTERED FLOURIDE-FREE WATER (Still or Sparkling), ORGANIC BLACK COFFEE, and/or TEA and Sugar-Free ELECTROLYTES, ORGANIC VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GRAINS, NUTS, SEEDS, and OLIVE / COCONUT / PALM / AVOCADO OILS. If one must use sweeteners, my preferred ones are ORGANIC STEVIA, ORGANIC MONK FRUIT, and/or ORGANIC ERYTHRITOL and NUTRITIONAL YEAST for added vitamins.
Once a healthy waistline measurement is reached, eating or drinking an Organic Non-GMO RAW VEGETABLE, FRUITS, NUTS, SEEDS, SPROUTS, HERBS, and/or OLIVE / COCONUT / PALM / AVOCADO OIL cleanse until feeling GREAT (within a weight stabilized "eating at maintenance" calorie count i.e. BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate) may help cleanse toxins from the body and give a fresh new healthy start.
After the unhealthy fat is lost, toxins are cleansed, and feeling great, I think the healthiest way to eat is the bible way: Eating ANY Organic Non-GMO pesticide-free (real/un-poisoned) whole foods that God has created (who giveth us richly all things to enjoy) within a weight stabilized "eating at maintenance" calorie count (anti-gluttony). One can take a food allergy and/or food sensitivity test to see if one is allergic or sensitive to any foods. The only food restriction the New Testament gives is to avoid eating strangled animals and blood (Acts 15:29). (FYI: The red liquid in rare steak is myoglobin, not blood. Even if it theoretically were blood, cooking meat well-done doesn't "get rid of the blood," it would just cook the blood along with the meat of course).
All to glorify God by taking care of the body (which is His, not ours), earn eternal rewards, and look attractive for your spouse; not for vainglory in the eyes of others.
In 1928, a columnist Robert Quillen observed “Americanism” as “using money you haven’t earned to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.”
More importantly, the Bible says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is 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." (1 John 2:15-17).
"Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." (Proverbs 23:4-5)
"Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain." (Proverbs 30:8-9).
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10)
“If any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
DISCLAIMER: I am not a financial or legal expert. Go seek financial and/or legal counsel for all and anything financial or legal.
A lean bare bones monthly budget where we aren't giving money to the lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride of life is probably best. We shouldn't ever retire from preaching the gospel or earning eternal rewards, nor should we want to be rich or poor, but we should desire to work hard to support our family and others. Financial wisdom might be prudent, lest we be poor or take on unnecessary financial burdens that distract from what's really important.
Having said that, the working life for a person who is not independently wealthy might be between 30 and 50 years. U.S. Social Security benefits are between ages 62 and 70, with the "full retirement age" at age 70 and Medicare at age 65.
According to Dave Ramsey, if one simply invests $100 a month in a Roth IRA for 40 years from ages 25 to 65 (or ages 30 to 70) in a good growth stock mutual fund with an average return of 12%, one might have $1,176,000 in it at age 65.
NOTE: I would not want to invest in any companies that promote sin. A Christian financial advisor might be able to help with that.
A Roth IRA, plus Social Security, Medicare (and a 401(k), etc.) might make someone very wealthy, in comparison with the rest of the world:
Marriage in the eyes of God must have a vow, physical union, be legally binding, and only be between a biologically born male and biologically born female.
Marriage should be extremely enjoyable and the closest relationship on earth.
Marriage is supposed to be for life unless one of the spouses dies. Then the surviving spouse can marry another believer. Otherwise, fornication (non-marital relations), adultery (extra-marital relations), and divorce are all sins. A spouse that remarries after divorce commits adultery. This adultery is forgiven (as all sins are) under the blood of Christ, but no believer should ever be getting divorced. Some believers have no interest in getting married and that is ok, but this is the minority, not the majority.
Regardless of if one of the spouses are fulfilling their marriage roles (nobody is perfect), the other spouse should still strive to fulfill their role.
Here are a few questions to help you choose a spouse:
-Is your husband/wife a believer and do they clearly understand and acknowledge the clear simple gospel and desire to adhere to the BIBLICAL principles and husband/wife roles of marriage without compromise? Such as:
A) The husband and wife should be companions to one another and not withhold relations from each other (except for consent to prayer and fasting).
B) The husband is the head of the wife (the wife is supposed to be in subjection to him) and he is supposed to love his wife, dictating what's best for his wife and kids for their security and protection (not for his own selfish benefit) as well as provide essentials for his own household. He is to lead the household while being subject to Christ.
C) The wife is the primary caregiver of the children and does the housework (cooking, cleaning, etc.). It's not that the husband can't step in and do this sometimes (likewise it's not that the wife can't ever be employed), but these are the primary roles of the wife in the home. The wife should love and respect her husband.
-Does he/she talk to God and read the bible (particularly the King James)?
-Does he/she gather with other believers to edify and be edified?
-What other beliefs does he/she have about the faith?
-Is he/she spiritual or carnal/worldly?
-What are your mutual goals spiritually (soul-winning/spiritual gifts), physically (jobs/kids/pets, etc.), and economically (budget)?
-Is he/she organized and clean?
In addition to being a non-carnal/worldly believer and agreeing with the biblical roles of marriage and tenets of the faith, the following may also be helpful in choosing a Christian husband or wife wisely (understanding that this isn't about finding someone perfect; we all fall short of the glory of God); it's about transparency, so you can make an educated decision going into this life-long decision: a background check, medical history (including physical, psychiatric, fertility & STD test(s), a credit score, and a prenup that mercifully protects both parties regardless, which may help strengthen marriage by eliminating prospective deceivers who seek marriage for their own selfish gain. You may laugh or scoff, but a pathetic divorce rate of 30%, 50%, or whatever it is among Christians or proclaimed "Christians" attests to the sinfulness of humanity. Also it protects "bread-winning'" men, who traditionally have lost much in the unfortunate case of divorce, even if the divorce was completely the woman's fault. Also a will and term life insurance has been recommended by certain financial experts. But if the Bible says something different, go with that...
In my opinion, most public schools and colleges are brainwashing institutions that are getting worse and worse. I think home-schooling is the best education solution and biblical (parents raising their own kids). Consider if a college degree is absolutely necessary to pursue any honest profession (a biblically minded or online school may be the lesser of the "evils"). Otherwise I'd want to stay as far away from organized education as possible, except for honest job Trade Schools.
Before considering a brainwashing "social change" higher education cult, which might be a waste of money, time, and dignity for many people who get "degrees" that do nothing for them after graduation, I would take into consideration the "Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics" for the state you choose to reside in to see what type of job you may want to pursue. Not that it's an end-all as there are lots of factors (personal and/or familial net worth, personal connections, being a pathetic sell out, etc.), but possibly a guide for those who simply need to make ends meet. Again, this is all my opinion. Whatever the Lord leads...
This is where believers go after they die:
This is where believers will eventually end up:
This is where unbelievers go after they die:
This is where unbelievers will eventually end up:
My Personal Christian Testimony
"I gave up my secular career trying to seek worldly fame, the praise of men and pursuing most projects that don't preach the gospel or edify believers, but I am involved with projects that do unless the Lord shows me differently. My line of work includes teaching acting and singing as a skill and educating people about how show business operates and what it entails with the hope they might use it for the Lord someday." ~ Jordan
"Some with more visible gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12) such as teaching, singing, or playing a musical instrument might be tempted to use their gift for their own glory. Those who use their talents or spiritual gifts coveting the praise of men rather than seeking God’s glory receive their “payment” in full here and now. The applause of men was the extent of the Pharisees’ reward (Matthew 6:16.) Why should we work for worldly plaudits, however, when we can have so much more in heaven?" ~ GotQuestions.org
Note: I do not necessarily endorse all other teachings from this video's creator.