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?
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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 1:13: "...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. In my opinion, a non-denominational small gathering that is "in the Spirit" or "led by the Spirit" in unity that has had the revelation of God's unconditional love, that understands demonic oppression and deliverance from demons, in a house or wherever else is best. 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 but are unfortunately deceived at the present moment 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.*
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). Don’t fall for the guys who are trying to tell you that the local churches of today, which adhere to Bible teaching and preaching (sound doctrine) are nothing like they were in the first century... Connect with the local church while you continue to do your own personal (bible) study. Both are necessary and profitable for Christian growth. (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?)
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 make 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?
Since it is also important to the function of Christian families and the church at large and such a popular issue in the world today, it is worth noting that relations outside of marriage (which is only between one biologically born male and one biologically born female) is unbiblical and sinful, as is divorce (except perhaps optional in cases of adultery). Be assured, however, that if you are a believer, 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.
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:
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